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walnut spline. To do this, cut a Va-x 1-in. groove for the spline on the tablesaw or with a '/¿-in. slot cutter on a router table. If you saw the spline groove on the table-saw. don't try to make the cuts freehand. Clamp the frame pans in a tenoning jig to keep your fingers safely away from the blade.

Make the miter splines from walnut. Start by ripping a 2-in. wide strip from a '/4-in. walnut board. Re-saw the strip on the tablesaw or bandsaw into two 5/i6-in. thick strips and either hand plane the strips to final thickness or run them through the planer. Check the lit as you go or you're likely to end up with splines that are too thin for the groove. Once the thickness is right,

A stop block keeps the length of the four top pieces uniform.

A stop block keeps the length of the four top pieces uniform.

This mirror's good enough to look at It's made of red oak and joined with walnut-sptined miters for strength as well as looks.

This mirror's good enough to look at It's made of red oak and joined with walnut-sptined miters for strength as well as looks.

Bandsaw the inside curve before gluing the top to the rest of the frame.

Don't try to glue up the entire top at once—glue it up in two sections. The scrap left from mitering the ends provides a clamping surface.

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