Stickley Style Vanity Mirror Frame

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Project by BillG posted 08-14-2010 03:55 AM 5738 views 22 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This mirror frame was inspired by Glenn Huey, one of the editors of the Fine Woodworking magazine. He designed this to be a hall mirror frame and it was about 24” wide and 60” tall. I really liked the design, but wanted it for a new mirror over my bathroom vanity. I re-sized the drawing to be roughly 22’ high and 38” wide.

It is traditionally constructed out of quarter sawn white oak and mortise and tennoned on the rail/stile connections. I used 5/4 stock to allow for the 7/8” thickness for the stiles and planed the rails 3/4”. The corbels are 5/8” thick and the cap rail is 3/4” thick. I sanded it to 320 grit and used General finishes “Early American” color stain. I wanted this to be lighter than the traditional mission fumed oak. The pegs are 1/4” pillowed ebony and the side inlay is pillowed ebony stringing with an unstained maple plug as a center piece. Boiled linseed oil followed the stain and then three coats of sprayed, catylized lacquer were added, rubbing after each coat.

The old bathroom vanity light is on its way out. I am not sure what will replace it, but my wife suggested recessed ceiling lighting. That may be the answer.

This mirror frame is the first part of a complete bathroom remodel that will end in a totally renovated bath in the mission style.

Thanks for checking it out.

Bill G

-- Bill G - West Springfield, MA

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#1 posted 08-14-2010 04:03 AM


I like the redesign and color pick (I will be posting a coffee table in a few days that is the same color). Great job!

-- Doug - As my Dad taught me, you're not a cabinet maker until you can hide your mistakes.

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#2 posted 08-14-2010 04:39 AM

Nice mirror Bill, I really like the inlay on the side pieces.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#3 posted 08-14-2010 05:56 AM


Love the finish color, and the pillow details. Robert W. Lang ( has several books

on Arts & Crafts furniture, interiors, and inlays and hardware for Mission and Craftsman era enthusiasts. also

check out for lighting fixtures and home restoration hardware for that Mission touch. They

even have Edison style carbon filament bulbs to put in an antique style lamp (High Wattage, Low Lumens).

But, they really look awesome in an open style lamp.


-- Critique

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#4 posted 08-14-2010 11:45 AM

Love the little attention to details, from the plugs to the ebony pins. Really give this mirror character. Nice Job!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 08-14-2010 12:17 PM

Excellent adaptation,and even better execution. You do VERY nice work.


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#6 posted 08-14-2010 03:04 PM

Very well done!
Looks like the one I posted a couple of years ago.
Gotta love qswo :-)
I modified the plans to suit me from this magazine

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#7 posted 08-14-2010 03:13 PM

Excellent piece, Bill. The inlay is very well done.

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#8 posted 08-14-2010 03:26 PM

Nice design, very well done! I particularly like the accents – eye catching but not overdone.

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#9 posted 08-14-2010 03:42 PM

Love the mirror! I’m getting ready to make some for my buddy Eric’s new house. One thing I will bring to your attention: bathroom lighting is usually designed to come from the wall to reflect light off the face back to the mirror. If you only have light coming from the ceiling, it can throw the face into shadow, making it difficult for the ladies to see to put on makeup. Personally, I think I get better looking the darker it gets.

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#10 posted 08-14-2010 04:01 PM

Great job , Bill ! All of the fine details make this a real eye catcher : )

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#11 posted 08-14-2010 05:08 PM

Hi BillG,

Great piece. Maybe you could find some A&C style lights to go above the mirror. On the other hand a man of your skills could make something to compliment the great looking mirror.

Thanks for posting jb

-- Playing with wood and metal for the last 50 years, driving and building Land Cruisers for the last 40. Experience is what you get when you don't know what you are doing.

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#12 posted 08-14-2010 05:14 PM

Nice work Billy

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#13 posted 08-15-2010 01:19 PM


You’re reading my mind. Quite frankly ceiling mounted lighting would work, but is not aesthetically appropriate nor truly functional as a vanity light, as noted by CaptainSkully. I will look for or possibly build the lighting I need to mount on the wall.

Bill G

-- Bill G - West Springfield, MA

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#14 posted 08-15-2010 04:56 PM

very fine mirror frame
the inlays are a nice detail
thanks for posting

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#15 posted 01-20-2012 05:11 AM

This is Fantastic!

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