Hands On

NOV/DEC 2002
Volume 45/Issue 6

Project Articles
The Pembroke Table
The Cheval Mirror
The Child's Sled & Climbing Bear

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The Cheval Mirror

Here's a handsome, five-foot tall mirror that any lady would love to see under her tree this Holiday season!

This elegant, generous-sized Cheval Mirror swivels on two turned pins to adjust for the perfect, full-length view, no matter where the viewer stands or how tall he or she may be.

Start the project by gluing up the stock for the side spindles. Be sure these pieces can be cut to a full 2" x 2" x 34" long. Before turning, use your drill press to drill dowel holes in the spindle stock for attaching the legs and stretcher, along with the pivot pin holes.


Figure 1. Tapering the spindle stock before turning. Leave bottom 8" square.

Use a Taper Guide to taper he spindle stock on all four sides 1/4" over a length of 26" from the top end (See Fig. 1), before turning them on the lathe. Next, sand the turned spindles smooth and apply masking tape to the areas where the legs and stretcher will be glued to them and apply your finish to them before you remove them from the lathe, then turn the pivot pins in the same manner to the exact dimensions given in the drawings.

Now, cut the stock for the mirror frame, stretcher and legs to size on the table saw. Use your Dado set-up to cut the 3/8" deep by 3/8" wide rabbet in the back of the frame stock.

Figure 2. Boring dowel holes in legs. Note handscrew and C-clamp.

Use your Bandsaw and your Drum Sander to carefully shape the legs. Switch your MARK V to Horizontal Boring mode and drill the dowel holes in the legs and the stretcher (See Fig. 2).

For best results, miter the ends of the stiles and ails of the mirror frame with a carbide-tipped combination or hollow ground saw blade...then cut the 1/2" deep spline kerfs on the ends of each piece and make the splines (See Power Tool Woodworking, Page 48). Use your Bandsaw to cut the contour on the top rail, then dry assemble the frame and base assembly. Mark the location of 5/8" pivot pin holes in the sides and drill them.