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Forum topic by DrTebi posted 03-24-2010 11:10 AM 4224 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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DrTebi

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03-24-2010 11:10 AM

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Hello lumberjocks,

I have just finished building a large frame in quarter-sawn oak. It’s in the finishing phase right now…

The project is for a “TV Mirror”—I routed a rabbet into the back of the frame for a special mirror glass (dielectric tv mirror glass). The entire thing will go in front of my TV, which is sitting recessed in the wall above the fireplace.

The idea of this mirror is, that when the TV is off, the mirror acts as a normal mirror (a bit less reflective than a standard mirror). When the TV is on, the TV “shines” through. The TV looses a bit in brightness, but it’s really hardly noticeable—I have a test piece of that mirror.

Anyway, I am not sure what the best way is to mount the mirror. Obviously it will go into the rabbet; I will have about 1/8 of an inch extra space, and a bit more than 1/4 overlapping.

I was thinking to use some L-shaped brass mounts (I could make those myself), maybe 2 inches wide and mount these along the rabbet. I would glue some type of rubber onto the end that touches the mirror, to avoid chipping.

Would that be a good solution? Any suggestions on what else I could use, or any product that is specifically for this?

Thanks in advance…

(Attached two sketches)


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#1 posted 03-24-2010 12:33 PM

Rockler and woodcraft both have a mirror / window hardware section with various types of little brackets you could use. My lowes USED to carry that kind of stuff to, but it appears they have removed the inventory.

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#2 posted 03-24-2010 02:16 PM

Look for LJ “Waldschrat” – he describes a method where he glues a quarter-round onto the back, but there’s a layer of paper between it and the frame, so it can come out easily if the glass ever needs replacing.

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#3 posted 03-24-2010 07:49 PM

I will check out Rockler and Woodcraft. I looked at LeeValley’s catalog, couldn’t really find what I needed.

I thought about the “breathing,” I think I will cut some slots or drill holes in the back board of the recess for that, that would make it easier, and it’s cold behind there…

Regarding Waldschrat, I didn’t find the quarter-round trick mentioned? I looked through projects, blogs, and forum posts.
However, I am realizing now that I should maybe just cut a strip of wood that I screw onto the back of the frame, overlapping the mirror and inner frame side. I think that’s the “proper” way, isn’t it? At least that’s what I saw in one of my books where they attach a glass to a framed panel door.

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#4 posted 03-24-2010 07:59 PM

I was going from memory – it may not be a quarter round – but it’s in this project:

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#5 posted 03-24-2010 08:12 PM

Thank you for the link. This sounds interesting, but I am afraid my rabbet is not deep enough to implement this. Looks very clean though!

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#6 posted 03-24-2010 08:15 PM

Spaceballs
and/or clips

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#7 posted 03-24-2010 08:37 PM

Thank you Jagwah, that is what I was thinking of at first. If I don’t opt for wooden strips, I will definitely use clips. I like the metal ones that Woodcraft has better though, I don’t trust plastic. I will use spaceballs as well.

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#8 posted 03-24-2010 09:08 PM

Use the wood strips to hols the mirror and balls in then the clips to hold the strip in. I have the strips holding the back of stain glass in by pressure on an entertainment center. It’s been fine for a few years now with constant opening and closing. hard to see but just square butting strips using spaceballs behind.
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#9 posted 03-25-2010 02:11 AM

Thanks again Jagwah, I wonder though where the clips are, because in the picture I don’t see them? And if you say “by pressure” do you mean they are cut slightly too long and pushed in, or how do you apply the pressure?

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#10 posted 03-25-2010 04:21 AM

Yes cut slightly long and pushed in with no nails.

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