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Forum topic by Ean posted 11-20-2012 11:13 PM 1223 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-20-2012 11:13 PM

I’m making a frame for a beveled 60” mirror with 1×3 maple. I am wondering what the general concensus is on how deep I should set the mirror into the frame. Should I route a shallow groove into the back or bring it closer to the front?

The edges will just simply be 1/2 round over on the outside edge and 1/8 round over on the inside. Nothing fancy just plain and simple.

-- -The New Guy-

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#1 posted 11-21-2012 12:36 AM

How deep you set the mirror into the frame is often determined by how you intend to secure the mirror in place. I use a rubber tape that when installed in its 1/8” groove, looks like quarter round. Very neat and easily removed if needed. But it takes all of a 3/4” deep frame to do it because the 1/8” groove has to be at least 1/8” off the back, preferably more, plus the thickness of the glass and a 1/8” backer like Masonite to protect the mirror, plus the thickness of the lip that holds the mirror on the front. I don’t like turn buckles sticking out the back to gouge the wall. And, BTW, I rout in a keyed slot across the top to hang the mirror with out wire, screw eyes, etc.
Any questions, let me know.

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL One should always prefer the probable impossible to the improbable possible.

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#2 posted 11-21-2012 03:17 AM

My concern is the weight of the mirror in a frame made of 1×3” maple. Is the frame to be a true 1×3” or will it be somewhat less? What joinery do you intend to use for the corners? How will the mirror be hung on the wall? I realize that I tend to over-engineer my projects, but I haven’t had one fall apart yet. :D Anyhow, some things for you to consider. FWIW

-- Art

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