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Part 4 Building an Arts And Crafts (Mission) Style Mirror Frame

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Blog entry by James E McIntyre posted 01-18-2020 10:51 PM 511 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my 4th and last post of this project as a blog. I’ll soon be posting the finished piece on my project page.

It’s My first blog series and it was a fun and learning experience.

I’m drilling 5/16” deep holes with a 5/8” Forstner bit to insert keyhole plugs I bought from Lee Valley.

After the holes were drilled I glued in the Keyhole Plugs with Special T CA glue.
I should have done this before the the frame was assembled. My first choice for a hanger was building a French cleat but I decided I wanted the frame to hang flat to the wall.
These Lee Valley Keyhole Plugs work great.

This is a jig or storyboard I made. It
lines up with the top of the frame and the holes for the Keyhole Plugs.

I’ll place it on the wall where the frame is to be hung with a level and start the screws into the wall.

Here I’m spraying on a few coats of lacquer. I usually don’t like to spray on my finishes, but there’s a lot of detail around the upper corbels.
I kept the stain on the lighter side to match the existing cabinet stain in the laundry room.

Placing a medium bead of clear silicone around the edge of the mirror.

After the silicone was applied I placed the rear panel over the mirror and placed some of my bench planes
on it to weigh it down over night.

Thanks for the support and views.

-- James E McIntyre



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#1 posted 01-19-2020 01:25 AM

Looks like a successful project. Are you going to post the completed project?

-- socrbent Ohio

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#2 posted 01-19-2020 05:50 PM

I have been reading along. While it might not seem like many folks read blogs, I can say I always appreciate the time and effort that goes into one. I’vee gone back to read stuff a year after it was posted to find some useful piece of knowledge. I post blogs as a how-to for others and also so that I can go back later and see how I did something. Case in point, I’m building built in closet cabinets for the new house and I’m referencing my blog that I posted when I made them for the previous house.

Blogs are a great repository of knowledge that is always available because we take the time to put down our thoughts and the process for a build.

Keep up the good work. The rest of us do appreciate it even if we forget to say thanks.

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

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#3 posted 01-19-2020 09:41 PM


Looks like a successful project. Are you going to post the completed project?

- socrbent

Thanks Socrbent.
Yes. I’m setting up the lights for the photography of this project.

-- James E McIntyre

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#4 posted 01-19-2020 09:46 PM



I have been reading along. While it might not seem like many folks read blogs, I can say I always appreciate the time and effort that goes into one. I vee gone back to read stuff a year after it was posted to find some useful piece of knowledge. I post blogs as a how-to for others and also so that I can go back later and see how I did something. Case in point, I m building built in closet cabinets for the new house and I m referencing my blog that I posted when I made them for the previous house.

Blogs are a great repository of knowledge that is always available because we take the time to put down our thoughts and the process for a build.

Keep up the good work. The rest of us do appreciate it even if we forget to say thanks.

- EarlS

Thanks Earl.
When your right your right.
This site is like free cloud space.
I went back to find some photos of how I assembled a large light box for project photography and couldn’t find it.
Your correct. I should have archived it here.

-- James E McIntyre

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#5 posted 01-20-2020 12:42 PM

I just noticed your silicone trick to keep the mirror from rattling around. I have a similar style hall mirror mounted on the wall by the laundry room. When the dryer is running the mirror rattles just enough.to be annoying for anyone near it (which happens to be the kitchen). Thanks for the idea.

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

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#6 posted 01-20-2020 05:10 PM



I just noticed your silicone trick to keep the mirror from rattling around. I have a similar style hall mirror mounted on the wall by the laundry room. When the dryer is running the mirror rattles just enough.to be annoying for anyone near it (which happens to be the kitchen). Thanks for the idea.

- EarlS

Thanks EaelS
What a coincidence. That’s where I’m hanging this mirror. In the Laundry Room.

-- James E McIntyre

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