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Blog entry by patron posted 03-26-2011 05:40 PM 5726 reads 6 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

i am making a mirror frame from base molding
colonial pre-primed MDF
the profile is to shallow for a biscuit
and the rabbet for the 1/4” mirror
so here’s my fast fix

here the back corners are drilled 1/8” deep
with a forstner bit

the scrap 2×4 is drilled with a plug cutter

and sawn off in the band saw to 1/8”
so they don’t roll and jamb in the saw as rounds

glue in the holes
and the plugs inserted
with the grain going across the joint

thats about it
now to spray it
(and in the rabbet too
as the mirror will show the rabbet)

hope you can use this sometime
i just didn’t have the time
to do a cute butterfly or other corner conection

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#1 posted 03-26-2011 05:49 PM

thank´s for the tip David :-)

take care

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#2 posted 03-26-2011 05:50 PM

I have ran into the same thing. Good idea. You showed smarts with the grain placement of the plug. Lots of guys would have just slapped them in there without thinking that through. Thanks for posting.

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#3 posted 03-26-2011 05:53 PM

thanks guys

now i’m off to work
to install this
picks of the re-model to come
have a good day

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 03-26-2011 05:53 PM

That’s a great tip.


-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#5 posted 03-26-2011 05:57 PM

Thanks David. I am using plugs and also v nails with a pushmaster. The pushmaster is not my personal weight loss trainer.

But rather:

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#6 posted 03-26-2011 06:12 PM

Neat tip, David. Filed for future use.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#7 posted 03-26-2011 06:17 PM

great idea to file away

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#8 posted 03-26-2011 07:03 PM

Very good David!

How big was that Plug Cutter & where can they be bought?

IIRC, that was the Keys to your special Box you made for your friend?


Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#9 posted 03-26-2011 07:31 PM

Dave, you never cease to amaze me by how much you learned the week you spent with us. Way to go lol

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#10 posted 03-26-2011 07:50 PM


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#11 posted 03-26-2011 08:42 PM

Another shared idea.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#12 posted 03-26-2011 08:54 PM

Great idea, one of those quick fixes we all need once in awhile.

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#13 posted 03-26-2011 09:06 PM

As always thanks for the tip, David on using the plugs. And the point about the rabbet is well taken. It is easy to overlook finishing it out and forget that its reflection will be visible in the mirror.

I took a short cut over 20 years ago when I made the molding for the mirror in the guest bath and did not bother to stain the back side since it would not be visible. Needless to say I see it whenever I go in that bathroom. :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#14 posted 03-26-2011 10:56 PM

Thanks for the tips, David. Love it when you are in teaching mode; there is always something to learn.

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#15 posted 03-26-2011 11:15 PM

Another great tip.
Thanks David.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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