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#1 posted 11-19-2012 10:48 PM

Sorry for the bad photo, it’s the only one I can find at the moment. This is the inside of a medicine cabinet that I built. The mirror sits in a rabbet the same depth of the mirror and the cover panel is larger than the opening. The panel is held in place with screws, I believe 4 in the top and bottom, and 5 in each side – basically about 4” apart, then painted along with the door for appearance sake. I don’t remember for sure but I may have run a bead of silicone caulk around the mirror before installing the panel, so the mirror doesn’t rattle around in the frame.

Another option, if you want the inside of the door to be flush, is to cut the rabbet deep enough for the mirror and the cover panel, and set the panel into the rabbet. Problems with this method, however, is that you end up with a small gap around the panel (because it will never be a perfect fit) and securing the panel would require tabs mounted on the surface, or nails driven in at an angle. Weighing my options, I chose to have the panel surface mounted. It’s just 1/4” less space inside the cabinet, which is pretty deep anyway.

Here’s a closer look, though it doesn’t show much more than the above photo.

You can’t see it, but I chamferred the edges of the panel to give it a more finished look.

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