The Mysore Mirror

The inspiration for this Mirror Frame came from my grandfather’s home in Davangere, Karnataka, India. My family would visit there from California every other year when I was a kid. I had a vague recollection of the mirror which bade you goodbye as you exited the house.

When my grandparents and extended family in Davangere all passed away, they tore down the century-old house. The mirror went to my uncle in Bangalore, though my father admired it very much. I decided to replicate the mirror based on a single photograph. My wife and I registered for a 9 week intro woodworking course at Central Tech High School in Toronto in the summer of 2012, where I learned some basic skills.

All the parts of the frame were milled to size at my friend’s shop, but all the joinery (half-laps, full laps, and sliding dovetails) and decorative shapes were done using hand tools in our apartment kitchen. The ebony plugs were an homage to my Californian upbringing (a la Greene and Greene).

With the help of the Wood Whisperer’s expert videos on the General Finishes Dye stains and shellac top coating, the mirror was completed and shipped to my folks in California.


  1. Eww! nice. I love the design .. stealing in 1,2,3…

  2. Dan January 2, 2014

    That looks great! I am in the same boat as Marilyn a copy of that weep be making its way to my house by summertime this year.

  3. Lone_wolf January 2, 2014

    Very nicely done. Touching story. Your father must have been thrilled.

  4. Cameron Matthews January 2, 2014

    You did a great job man! You should be more than proud of that joinery!

  5. Bob D. January 3, 2014

    Great work. Great story. I can imagine that this piece will be passed from generation to generation in your family.

    Bob D.

  6. Ronn January 3, 2014

    I really like this. Great job. It could fit in with many different decorating schemes What is the over all size of the piece and the size of the mirror frame?

  7. It turned out amazing, great job!

  8. Eric Rusch Sr January 3, 2014

    Exemplary work Chandan.

  9. Johnny Metoyer January 3, 2014

    That is very nice!!!

  10. Absolutely beautiful!

  11. Subala January 8, 2014

    Fantastic job. Both the design and execution are great. I liked it right off. I think a modified version of this might make it’s way into my daughter’s bedroom for her birthday. She’d flip.

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