Wall Mirror

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Project by Grumpy posted 11-11-2007 04:58 AM 1513 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You don’t just purchase new bedroom furniture without finding something else is out of whack when you look around the room.
We had a tall mirror stuck on the wall, which had served it’s purpose for many years but the wife said it looked out of place with the new furniture. I had to agree (she thinks she is the boss!).
So I had a challenge. Take off the mirror & patch up the wall or put a frame around the mirror that matched the new furniture. I chose the later.
The mirror is made out of Australian Mountain Ash (eucalyptus hardwood). The bedroom furniture was said to be Mountain Ash but I don’t think it grows in China.
I used basic joinery techniques but the challenge was to make the frame compatible in design with the new furniture.
There were turned pieces that slotted into the top corners. It took a bit of work to get the design right & make sure the joints were strong.
The sides were heavily chamfered, I found the best way to get a consistent chamfer was to do it on the table saw with a rough jig.
I rebated around the frame to allow plenty of room around the mirror for expansion. Didn’t want the boss complaining about 7 years bad luck for a broken glass.
The frame was screwed to the wall with toggle bolts. I recessed the holes & turned up buttons to hide the screws.
A satin poly coat was brushed on, 4 coats.
No more complaints from the boss so everyone is happy.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#1 posted 11-11-2007 05:21 AM

Got to keep the boss happy. It makes for better working conditions.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 11-11-2007 02:23 PM

That is a neat design. Great solution for avoiding sheetrock repair!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 11-11-2007 03:24 PM

now THAT’S a mirror!!!! Magnificent

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 11-11-2007 09:55 PM

great idea.

-- Andy Stark

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#5 posted 11-13-2007 03:02 AM

Great job on this mirror, and the wood is really beautiful.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#6 posted 11-13-2007 09:43 AM

Very architectural design. I like this mirror a lot.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#7 posted 11-13-2007 08:53 PM

love the style…...........

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#8 posted 11-13-2007 09:44 PM

Thats a great looking design there Grumpy.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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