Step 1: Material
1 5" diameter round mirror I got from Michael's.
Your choice of Stain
Your choice of finish
a little latex caulking to glue mirror in.
Step 2: Create Drawing
Note you will need to pull off some of the fonts from the internet to get the features I have added. I have listed them here. you will need to google these and install on your computer before opening the file.
Hearts and Stars.ttf
Step 3: Start V-carve and the Outer Cut
Step 4: Cut the Tabs Off the Mirror From the Piece of Wood
Cut the tabs off the Mirror from the piece of wood and sand down the remaining tabs so the edge is flat. At this point create your jig. Cut out the shape on the inside of the line using cnc. Sand so Mirror will fit inside the cutout. Clamp to the table.
Make sure you have the opposite side of the mirror up
Step 5: Pocket Out for Mirror and V-Carve Reverse Side.
Step 6: I Then Used a Router to Put a 1/4 Round Over Around Both Top and Bottom Edge
Step 7: Sand and Finish
I used a light stain over the entire piece first and then used a darker stain dribbled into the carved areas to darken them up. I then followed up with 3 finish coats of Shlac.
Once everything was dried I used some latex caulk to secure the mirror into the pocket.
Makes a great gift. Enjoy!