Black walnut mirror frame with crazy corners

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Project by Adam D posted 08-01-2013 01:21 AM 1491 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was dumpster diving with a friend of mine at a local college, and found a broken mirror. Bad luck for whoever broke it, but the law of averages says that good luck has to go somewhere ;-)

I knew a frame would look cool with the angle of the break, but as I started to design it, decided it’d be even cooler if the angles were accentuated by extending the frame beyond the joints.

The actual joinery is pretty simple—I just used full-laps where they cross, and routed a stopped-dado in the edges for the mirror to sit in. Performing the latter task was almost a lesson learned the hard way—I tried to route the full half inch dado in a single pass. When the dado kept clogging with chips, I decided to make a few extra passes, and had trouble feeding it in. I pushed a little harder, and a little harder, and when it caught, it caught. Lessons like that are not something I want to repeat, but it sure isn’t something I’ll ever forget. Learn from my lesson and be careful!

I decided I wanted to protect the wall from getting scratched up, and so I cut up a mouse-pad and hot-glued pieces of it to the back. The cloth of the mousepad faces the wall.

I still have the broken-off corner, and might frame that too to add to the chaos. Another day?

-- Adam, Rochester NY

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#1 posted 08-01-2013 02:09 AM

Neat idea.

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#2 posted 08-06-2013 01:08 PM

Really cool mirror, like the joints. Great save and great job!

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#3 posted 01-06-2014 11:21 PM

What a cool idea!

-- Peter Brown - Collector of WD-40 and wood splinters

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