Arts And Crafts Vanity Light Extenders

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Project by James E McIntyre posted 06-10-2020 06:01 PM 2228 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of the last projects that I built was a (Mission Style Frame For An Existing Bathroom Mirror.) The top of the frame is 2” wide. The lights I bought only extended 1-1/2” out from the wall.

I had to build a box that would extend the lights about 2” past the frame.

Here’s what I designed.
Their made of QSWO with four 3/8” mortised holes in each corner.

I haven’t installed them in the bathroom yet because I wanted to test to see if they worked.
I’ll post photos when I do.

I placed a piece of fabric over my workbench punched a small hole in it for the electrical cord
and placed the fixtures over the fabric and photographed them while they lyed flat on the bench.
This gives the appearance they are hanging on a wall. It was easier than placing them on a plywood board or a wall.

Here are some of my process photos.

After cutting the face boards to size, I marked the location of the mortise holes with pencil and an awl.
I used a template from a towel rack I built. This technique allows me to line up the mortise auger with the indentation and set the fence for all the upper mortises then flip the board around for the lower ones.
Then move the fence to adjust for the inner ones.
I’m sure this makes sense. (:^)

Making the mortises. I used a backer board of the same wood to prevent blowout at the rear of the mortise.

The rear of this board had much better figure than the smooth side so I filled this knot hole with Timber Mate White Oak Wood Filler. I stained it and painted grain on it with oil paints using a pinstripe brush.
The light fixture will hide this blemish.

I drilled holes for the screws at 16” apart to attach the frame to the studs and made ebony plugs proud enough from the frame to drill holes in their top sides to remove them if needed. The plugs are a tight friction fit.

Cutting the miters for the rear of the boxes.

Gluing the rear frames together.

Attaching the frames to the face board w/screws and glue.

I attached the hardware that holds the light to the frame. This plate Is usually screwed to the electrical box.
A 1-1/2” hole had to be bored in the box to accommodate the wires. Looking back I should have made it at least a 2” hole to insert the wires.

Thanks for visiting!

-- James E McIntyre

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#1 posted 06-10-2020 07:28 PM

Simple addition to add some style to stock lights. Beautifully executed.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#2 posted 06-10-2020 07:30 PM

Great looking problem solution that goes with the hardware. I like your solution for getting the plugs out if needed.

-- socrbent Ohio

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James E McIntyre

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#3 posted 06-10-2020 07:38 PM

Thanks Jim and Socrbent.

-- James E McIntyre

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#4 posted 06-10-2020 08:43 PM

I think either way, those fixtures needed that backer to”complete” them.Looks great James!

BTW, where did you find those fixtures?

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#5 posted 06-10-2020 08:58 PM

Nice work, James….............cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 06-10-2020 09:02 PM

Thanks Splinter and Jim
I got them at
Their buy Kenroy Home.
Here’s a photo of the packing slip for the four light one. Hope you can read it.
If you need any assistance let me know. !

-- James E McIntyre

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#7 posted 06-10-2020 11:47 PM

Good looking project. I like how it came out.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#8 posted 06-11-2020 01:07 AM

Thanks Pintodelux.
I like your quote.

-- James E McIntyre

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#9 posted 06-11-2020 03:35 PM

Nice looking lights. I wouldn’t have expected to find them at HD. I agree that the backer board really completes the look. I’m always pleasantly surprised when something like you did makes the look really stand out.

Now I want to replace the blah bathroom lights with ones like these. Of course the mirrors would also need to be replaced as well…....

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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James E McIntyre

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#10 posted 06-11-2020 06:44 PM

Thanks EarlS
I was surprised too.
I did an on line search for Arts And Crafts And Mission style Vanity Lights and HD had something nice in my price range.
Other custom made sellers had better quality but were way to expensive for this house.
Over Stock also has great prices on this style.

-- James E McIntyre

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#11 posted 06-15-2020 05:07 AM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 06-15-2020 05:12 AM

Jim, those are really wonderful. Also thanks for posting the source. If only my to do list was not so long…

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#13 posted 06-15-2020 05:57 PM

Thanks Bob.
My list is never ending too.
At least we’ll know what we’ll be doing for a while.

-- James E McIntyre

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#14 posted 06-15-2020 06:03 PM

Nice job and congratulations on your Daily Top 3 award.

- Grumpy

Thanks Grumpy.

-- James E McIntyre

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