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Mirror Frame #1: Grooves and Tongues...

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 08-21-2016 06:37 AM 637 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Finally, I am getting around to making this matching mirror frame for Kayln’s bedroom. This frame matches the eight drawer dresser and the two nightstands I made for her this past year and this last Spring. This frame, like the other pieces, are made from primarily hard maple and accents with cherry hardwood.

Yesterday I milled the lumber and ripped them to length and widths. Today I finished cutting the grooves and then began cutting the tongues that will fit into those grooves. I also selected a panel shaping router bit and used it to face shape the cherry inserts that are displayed on the top of the mirror frame. I had to trim its overall size in width and length in order for these cherry pieces to fit snuggly into the maple frame without gaps.

This would have worked easier if I had a better face shaping router bit that cuts its 1/4 inch tongue longer so it would fit into the grooves deeper. This face frame bit worked out though.

Tomorrow I will use a 1/2” roundover bit to shape the top and bottom frame pieces so the end grain of these board pieces take shape along with their front edges. I qukk sand all of the burn and blade marks away. Then glue and clamp the frame together. The plan calls for me to use a handheld plunge router with a rabbet bit to cut a rabbet in the back of the frame in which the 24” by 36” mirror will fit. The mirror will be held in place with small cleats tacked with brad nails into the backside of the frame.

I am sure I can find an inexpensive mirror cut to the right dimensions: 24” by 36”. The plan used a 4 mm thick vanity mirror. I suspect I will be able to find a mirror at one of the big box stores, or a local handyman or picture frame store locally.

I need to go to my local Woodcraft store so I can buy, for the first time, a SawStop DADO brake for my table saw. I thought I could disable the brake system and operate my saw with a DADO blade on the arbor. Not! The electronic sensors “know” when a blade other than a regular 10 inch saw blade is being used in the table saw. It will not let you run the saw if you do not have a proper DADO brake is properly inserted, even if you intend to override the braking system. Or, at least this is my conclusion to this issue. I assume the same issue arises if I was to use my box or finger joint blades on this SawStop.

While I am at Woodcraft I may buy a better face frame or panel face frame router bit. We’ll see…

-- --- Happy Howie



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