Monthly Book Giveaway - January 2023

John Hall Mirror Frames

Project Information
When I look for ideas for common wood projects, I often scan through images to find elements I like.

For frames, I've always paused on images of the "famous" John Hall frame from the Gamble House. Typical Greene & Greene styling.

Mirrors a fun to make since you make the frame the way you want, then cut a piece of "art" (i.e. mirror glass) to fit.

The plans I used were directly from the Wood Whisperer's website
Here is the construction article (thanks Mark!).

The Wood Whisper templates take out all of the guess work and I decided it was time to just do it and git 'r done!

I made two frames, the first frame (prototype) is cherry with ebony plugs.

The second frame is walnut with jatoba "pyramid" plugs. These plugs are much easier to make and install 8^)
I made a few changes to the Wood Whisperer's procedure to speed things up.

To eliminate a lot of the hand work, I used a 1/4" flush trim and 1/8" radius round over (with 1/4" pilot bearings). these bits allowed me to get into the tight corners and recesses.

The frame was scaled to 70% while printing so I could use a standard 12" mirror tile and cut it to fit. The mirrors are under $2 each. Getting a mirror cut locally to fit the full scale version would have cost over $50.

These patterns were spray-glued to hard board and shaped, then working templates were cut from this master set.

I went ahead and made additional templates for the puzzle piece shape and upper mortices to eliminate 99% of the hand fitting required for these connections.

The mirror and back panel rabbets were cut after the frame was assembled. The corners for the mirror rabbet were squared up so I could cut a simple rectangular mirror from the 12" mirrored tile. A wider rabbet was cut for a hardboard back.

Once these template were made, the entire mirror can be knocked out and assembled in hours.

The finish is danish oil with spray can polyurethane.

Thanks for looking!
nice pair of mirrors splint. i love the g&g style.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Those looks wonderful the shape, the pins make an interesting edge. Well done.

Main Street to the Mountains

i love the proud plugs GR8 JOB :<)))


Both are really great.  Even though I love walnut, I would be hard pressed to pick one over the other.
Love the G&G stuff…nicely done. 

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Popping that into my Picchur frame resource. I hate to make frames, however SWMBO presses me into service as her frame maker. I keep an electric file with pics, and info for a number of frame styles to use for her as a catalog, and me as a reminder of what each frame actually looks like. That way we've found there is no confusion. 

I know it's not the dark Oak of G&G dreams, but I really prefer the Cherry with Ebony plugs. A lot more warmth for my $$$$$ :-)
Great looking mirrors.   Like the same things everyone else liked.   Plugs, shape, overlay, etc. 


Awesome job on a beautiful (and challenging) design
Encouraging! Thanks people!

I've sold both of these, but I imagine the cherry version has fully assumed it's dark red color by now.