Mahogany Bathroom Mirror

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Project by Adrian A posted 10-29-2012 05:39 PM 1748 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I hate the bathroom mirrors in my house. Where they use cut glass, attach it to the wall with big globs of construction adhesive and then use plastic clips for extra security. Just doesnt look right. So I tore mine down and started this project.

I chose African Mahogany because its my favorite wood… mainly cause i like the straight grain and color.

Started out by grabbing a random molding bit i found at a woodworking sale on Craigslist. And made the frame with multiple passes on the router table. A little at a time. I didnt want to ruin the wood. Next I rabited the back of the frame pieces.. more to come on that. Next I cut the miters on my saw. Then made some quick miter jigs from some spare plywood scraps. Used my combination square to draw the triangles, and cut them out on the bandsaw. You can see how the clamps work in the picture. I saw that technique somewhere. Well my mirror that i bought from home depot has a bevel on the borde. So i couldnt just do a rabit on the frame pieces for my mirror to sit in or the frame would cover the pretty bevel and it wouldnt lay flat. So i got creative. instead i made a rabit for a 1/4” piece of hardboard. Glued it and pin nailed it in about 100 times. Why 100? Because its the first time ive gotten to play with my pin nailer and it was fun.

Last step was to get out that constructive adhesive that i despise.. but its actually called mirror adhesive caulking at home depot, because its special made to not remove the mirror material in the back and turn your mirror project into a see through glass with spots.

2 hoops a wire, and some hand rubbed arm-r-seal poly, and called it complete.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 11-07-2012 03:09 AM

Sweet looking mirror. Hve you ever looked at those 4 arm aluminum clamps with a bolt in the middle to pull all the corners together. I bought one years ago and use it all the time for frames like that.
That corner clamping idea with the one across the corner is pretty neat, too!

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

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#2 posted 11-07-2012 06:13 PM

Thanks Jim!

I have seen those clamps… but im frugal :) If I start making more frames im going to have to pick 1 or 2 up.


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