"Tiled" Mirror

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Project by Dave Clause posted 04-12-2012 02:13 AM 5379 views 96 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My wife enjoys watching the design shows on HGTV. On one of the shows she saw a tiled mirror she just had to have. We tracked it down the retailer through the HGTV web site and found that it was a 3’ X 5’ mirror composed of 3” X 3” ceramic tiles and a 1.5’ X 2’ mirror. Cost (before shipping) $845.00, shipping weight 138 pounds.

My alternative is 2’ X 4’ with a 1’ X 2’ mirror. The backing is 1/2” MDF with a 4” MDF frame around the back (to support the French cleat). The “tiles” are 2” X 4” X 1/4” (102) and 2” X 2” X 1/4” (18) of just about every species of scrap wood and leftovers I had in my shop (walnut, cherry, oak, kingswood, poplar, bloodwood, ash, wenge, paduk, and hard, soft, and birdseye maple.

Total out-of-pocket expense was less that $50.00, the mirror weighs about 35 pounds and I got to use a bunch of those little scraps of wood I just couldn’t throw away.

It’s hanging in the dining room so I guess my wife likes it. Now, if only she hadn’t seen that damn oak armoire.

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#1 posted 04-12-2012 03:12 AM

Awsome design!What colours!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 04-12-2012 03:17 AM

This design is a standout. Great work…................

-- mike...............

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#3 posted 04-12-2012 03:39 AM

Not only did you save the big $ but your version is undoubtably far more superior

-- Lizardhead---Yeah but it's a dry heat--Tempe, Az

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#4 posted 04-12-2012 09:30 AM

Looks great

-- Dreaming patterns

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#5 posted 04-12-2012 10:35 AM

Very nice, no way tile could be as beautiful.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#6 posted 04-12-2012 11:54 AM

Looks great, I like all the different woods, better than any ceramic tiled mirror in my opinion.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#7 posted 04-12-2012 12:03 PM

Awesome looking mirror. All of the different woods that you choose are a great combination and gives it a great look. GREAT DIY project.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#8 posted 04-12-2012 12:59 PM

Very nice. Great color combination. Saving all those scraps paid off.

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#9 posted 04-12-2012 02:52 PM

Wow that is sharp looking, nice job.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#10 posted 04-12-2012 03:09 PM

That’s really cool looking!

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#11 posted 04-12-2012 03:12 PM

P.S. I’m trying to visualize how cool a floor would look with a design like that! In the right room, I bet it would look great. Very nice work Dave.

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#12 posted 04-12-2012 04:34 PM

Great work Dave!

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#13 posted 04-12-2012 04:37 PM

Very Nice !!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#14 posted 04-12-2012 04:37 PM

Can I ask – did you slice up your “tiles” on the bandsaw and then round over the edges of each tile by sanding to give it a more tile-like appearance? This went into my favorites and to-do list so any procedures would be much appreciated. Thanks!

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#15 posted 04-12-2012 04:59 PM

Randy,everything got resawn through the bandsaw then sized on the tablesaw. I made a simple jig to safely run the edges of each “tile” past a 1/8” roundover bit in the router table. Thanks for the interest.

And thanks to all for your comments.

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