The Mirror Box
Mirror box being glued, one cage ring is sitting on top for checking size
Shown to the right is the mirror box just after assembly, with some of the clamps removed. All of the wooden assemblies are manufactured from Appleply. Expensive and hard to find, this wood is great to work with.
One of the cage rings is sitting atop the mirror box allowing you to see how the secondary cage will nest in the box.
Gluing the gussets into the mirror box
Shown here is the gusset gluing operation. The gussets are made from scraps of the same wood as the box. They were carefully mitered on a table saw with a custom made jig to get the 45 degree angle to the edges.
Gluing them in required buying a new clamp that could operate in a reverse fashion, pushing outwards. (Another excuse for a new toy). The clamps and a couple aluminum blocks I had allowed high pressure to be applied while the glue was setting.
Also going on is the gluing of a truss clamp in the lower left corner.