Lady’s Purse Mirror

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There’s no end to the patterns you can assemble when you glue up contrasting wood scraps into pleasing blanks for these simply turned purse mirrors. They definitely put cheesy plastic compact mirrors to shame. See the “Three Colorful Blank Ideas” sidebar on page 71 for glue-up blank considerations, or choose solid stock such as birds-eye or tiger maple, or fanciful exotics such as zebrawood, bocote, lacewood, or wenge.

Though we’ll begin with a 3/4"-thick blank, for a delicate look you’ll want to achieve a final thickness of 5/16" to 3/8", with a 1/4"-wide border around the mirror insert. For the mirror or any of the special tools or materials in the instructions, see the Convenience-Plus Buying Guide. Now let’s get busy.

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