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Part 2 #1: Building an Arts & Crafts (Mission) Style Mirror Frame Part 2

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Blog entry by James E McIntyre posted 01-12-2020 12:03 AM 751 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my second post of this series.


Here I’m cutting the mortises for parts C and F.


All the mortise and tenons are cut, along with all the other parts and are sanded.


The parts are dry fitted, this makes it easier to accurately mark where the dowels and biscuits go.

Drilling the 3/8” holes for the dowels. The styles of the frame parts A1 and A2 are held to the top and bottom by 3/8” dowels I made from the same wood as the frame.


I routed out the backs of parts F, A1, A2, and D for the recessed space behind the frame to fit the mirror and oak plywood backing on the router table.
You probably noticed the green grass in the background. I’m able to work on my backyard patio in California all year.


Here I’m squaring up the corners of part D after routing out the space where the mirror Is inserted. I use a screw clamp or vise to prevent blow-out.


After all the holes for the dowels were drilled, for extra strength I used a plate jointer to add biscuits to parts of the frame. I made a simple 90• jig to hold the the parts in place.


Gluing the bottom parts of the frame together using biscuits and dowels. The dowels which are over 2-1/4” long, go through parts G, H, I, A1, and A2 on the bottom part of the frame.

That’s all I have for now.
I’ll post part 3 of my progress in a few days.


I reposted this drawing for anyone who wants to reference part numbers.
If your interested in building this frame and some of the parts or symbols of the drawing aren’t clear, please ask.

-- James E McIntyre



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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 01-13-2020 12:32 AM

Great looking project. It has a nice scale and size to it.

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

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James E McIntyre

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#2 posted 01-13-2020 01:00 AM



Great looking project. It has a nice scale and size to it.

- pintodeluxe

Thanks Pintodeluxe.

-- James E McIntyre

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BlueRidgeDog

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#3 posted 01-13-2020 01:09 PM

So the mirror will be captured in the slot? Is there a way to replace it if it breaks?

Also, the decorative section between stiles A and rail B, is it an overlay, of to the tenons of A go through it?

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splintergroup

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#4 posted 01-13-2020 05:09 PM

Great to have a HC morticed when doing Mission and A&C projects!

Coming along good! Looking forward to seeing it all with a finish.

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James E McIntyre

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#5 posted 01-14-2020 03:18 AM


So the mirror will be captured in the slot? Is there a way to replace it if it breaks?

Also, the decorative section between stiles A and rail B, is it an overlay, of to the tenons of A go through it?

- BlueRidgeDog

Blue. I’ll place the mirror in the rabbit slot in the back of the frame. Then I’ll put a medium bead of clear silicon around the edges and place the 1/4” plywood over it using some of my bench planes to weight it down.
Some craftsmen slide the mirror in a dado in the styles and rails and and assemble it.
My thinking is if the mirror breaks I can remove the glass and carfully remove the rear panel.

The decrotive piece part (D) has dowels going through it from the styles part A1 and A2 and throug part B above it.
It’s also glued to part B. The dowels are about 2-1/4” long.
I other words two 3/8” dowels run through all 3 pieces on each side.
I hope I’m making sense.
Thanks for the comments.

-- James E McIntyre

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James E McIntyre

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#6 posted 01-14-2020 03:32 AM


Great to have a HC morticed when doing Mission and A&C projects!

Coming along good! Looking forward to seeing it all with a finish.

- splintergroup

Splinter. Thanks for the comments and the support.

-- James E McIntyre

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