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Project by RexMcKinnon posted 1248 days ago 2048 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a simple mirror frame I made to go with my daughter’s bed http://lumberjocks.com/projects/20634 and dresser http://lumberjocks.com/projects/27445.

Nothing too fancy. The only addition will be some hooks screwed into the sides so she can hang her medals or some jewelery from the sides.

Red oak finished with shellac. I put biscuits in the corners.

Sorry about the crappy iphone pictures. I’ll try to add a picture after the hooks are installed.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!





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jack1

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#1 posted 1248 days ago

Nice frame. Love the top of the side doors on the dresser! Really nice work.

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

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RexMcKinnon

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#2 posted 1248 days ago

Thanks Jack.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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lumberdustjohn

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#3 posted 1248 days ago

It matches very nicely!

Thanks for posting

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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RexMcKinnon

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#4 posted 1248 days ago

Thanks John.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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Beginningwoodworker

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#5 posted 1248 days ago

I love the frame.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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GMman

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#6 posted 1248 days ago

Great job Rex very good match with the dresser

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RexMcKinnon

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#7 posted 1247 days ago

Thanks guys.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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kjwoodworking

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#8 posted 1112 days ago

Good looking mirror and Dresser. I am sure she likes it now but your daughter will really cherish it when she is older.

-- Kirk H. -- http://www.kjwoodworking.com

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MoshupTrail

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#9 posted 1091 days ago

Looks good! I’ve been making a few mirror frames myself, so I had some questions:
How are the mitered corners joined? half-lap?, butt?, biscuit?
How is the whole thing fixed to the wall? Glass is heavy!

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.

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Gene Howe

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#10 posted 1091 days ago

Very sweet work!
That dresser is so nice and the mirror is a great compliment.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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RexMcKinnon

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#11 posted 1091 days ago

Once again, thanks guys.

@MoshupTrail, the corners have biscuits in them. I felt that was enough since it is hung from the sides. There are 2 triangle shapped hooks one on either side of the frame which holds the weight. I counter sunk them so the frame would sit flush with the wall. It is harder to hang the mirror level using this method instead of the traditional wire on the back but I find once done it is nicer and there are 2 screws not 1 holding it too the wall.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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MoshupTrail

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#12 posted 1090 days ago

I think biscuits is a good choice. I’m going to try that with my next mirror. The pocket holes don’t look good on the back – not that anyone looks there, but I know! For hanging, I tried a french cleat. Super strong and fairly easy to level, but it can be knocked off with the right bump, and it did space the mirror off the wall by 1/4”. Thanks for sharing.

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.

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RexMcKinnon

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#13 posted 1087 days ago

@MoshupTrail
I hing this project with a french cleat. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/34722
Since the frame was so almost 2 inches thick and the center was just 3/4 ply with a birds eye veneer I was able to use a french cleat and have it flush to the wall. Since it is do heavy I think it would have to get hit pretty hard before it got knocked off the wall.
If you like the look of a thick frame the french cleat is the way to go and if you want to be extra safe add a dowel or screw sticking up out of the cleat and drill a matching hole in the frame and it will never fall off.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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