Mirror frame - how deep to recess from front face?

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Forum topic by JCantin posted 03-12-2014 04:40 PM 670 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-12-2014 04:40 PM

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Any thoughts on how close to the the surface of a frame a mirror should be set?

I’m framing a large (6’ x 2’) mirror to lean against a wall. I have some nice 5” QSWO that I can plane to a full 1-1/8” thick. If I rabbet the back 1/2” that would mean the mirror would be recessed from the front face 5/8”. Should I make the rabbet deeper to bring the mirror closer to the face? Or would a deep recess look ok? I’m going for an arts and crafts design, probably pegged mortise and tenon for the rails.

Any other suggestions for design/joinery for such a sized piece welcome.

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#1 posted 03-12-2014 05:32 PM

A couple of things you need to consider. One, how thick is the mirror? Two, how thick is the material you are going to back the mirror with? Three, are you going to put a decorative profile on the front side and how deep does that go? From a structural standpoint you only need 1/8” to hold the mirror. Anything you do beyond these three things is strictly aesthetic.

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