|Project by Bill Davis||posted 01-14-2011 08:11 AM||2536 views||5 times favorited||7 comments|
Mirror project finally done!
The outer, main part of the frame is 3” wide Narra (Pterocarpus indicus) and the overall dimensions are approximately 60” x 44”. The inset decorative frame is of 1” x 1/2” Kamagong or ebony (Diospyros blancoi).
The corners of the main frame are mitered half-laps and the Kamagong pieces are crossed using half-lap joints. The mirror mounts in a dado and the Kamagong inner frame is set in notches in that dado so it sits flush against the mirror front surface and with the front of the Narra outer frame.
I used what someone called a french cleat to mount it and it seems quite securely fixed in place. Actually it is a Hangman Products HM-18D heavy duty mirror hanger. The completed mirror weighs just over 50 pounds 11 of which is the frame.
The finish is sprayed gloss lacquer which was then wet sanded using a 50-50 mix of mineral oil and mineral spirits and using P360 to P1000 sandpaper to give it a semigloss final sheen.