Craftsman Style Framed Mirror #4: Inner Frame

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Blog entry by Chris McDowell posted 07-23-2013 12:45 AM 3523 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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All I have left as far as construction goes is the inner frame and muntins. The inner frame will actually hold the mirror in.

I began by cutting all the pieces to size.

The joinery for the inner frame is a bunch of half lap joints, which I cut on the table saw using the sled and a stop block.

Then I glued the frame together in a couple of different steps. The first step was gluing the muntins to the top rails. I put it together inside the mirror frame to keep things square.

After that, I glued the stiles to finish. Then I filed and sanded down the spots where the half lap joints were a little proud.

Finally, I glued the whole thing to the inside of the mirror frame where it goes. I cut some spacers and put them underneath to get it to the spot where it was supposed to go.

It was at this point I realized that I had cut the half laps for the muntins on the wrong side. I was being so careful, too. I need to get in the habit of marking waste areas.

You can see in the picture below the joints I wanted to hide. They are front and center now. Dang it.

I guess once I do some staining it won’t be so noticeable except for from up close.

So, here is where I’ve left off at:

I’m kind of stuck here until I can afford some stain. It’s made of pine, so I’m either going to use a gel stain as was recommended to me by another LJ, or I will use a pre-color conditioner and then stain, which I’ve read about for pine. I’ll do some more research until the time comes.

Thanks for reading.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#1 posted 07-23-2013 01:32 AM

Sorry you had that little slip up. But, I really don’t think it will be that noticeable. Some woodworker might see it. The average person wouldn’t. And, you have another lesson under your belt.
The frame looks great. I hope to see it when you have it finished

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 07-24-2013 12:09 AM

Cliff, I agree with Gary; we are our own toughest critics. The frame looks great so far. You might consider Charles Neil's Pre-Color Conditioner to avoid blotching.

Good luck and show us the finished piece.

-- Art

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#3 posted 07-26-2013 01:53 AM

Thanks for the comments.

AandCstyle: I will definitely have to pick some of that up. Thanks for the tip!

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#4 posted 03-11-2014 08:59 PM

Did you finish this build? I would like to see how the final product turned out.

-- Fr. Thomas,

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#5 posted 03-11-2014 09:09 PM

It’s actually been just sitting in my shop waiting for stain and finish. I still have to buy the mirror and backing as well as the stuff to hang it. I’ve kind of been delaying because I have not gotten the mirror yet (I’ll have to have one custom cut to fit). I plan on finishing it this year while it’s warm.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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