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Posted July 2004

Rosewood
Mirror Project

After finishing the Rosewood floor, I found that the antique gold fixtures and ornate mirror frames were really very much out of place.   This problem was accented due to a new shower door and fixtures in the shower room next to this room.   The new door and fixtures were Nickel, with a little Brass.

So we went mirror shopping.   Finally found a mirror that was acceptable at Home Depot's Design Center.   But they wanted $750 each!   I figured I could make one that looked twice as good, with the same design.   The one at the Design Center now looks pathetic compared to what I built.

Original

Old Mirror Clear

Old Mirror:

Yes you have to look through the sanding dust.   I did not have a good picture.

The lighting fixtures were the same color and style.

Finished Product

Big mirror view front mirror view Clear mirror closeup

Construction Details

Mirror back

First I used the old mirrors.   20" x 30".   But I found that the edges were rough cut.   So a little polishing with Sharon's Diamond finger nail files worked to smooth out the edges.

I then used left over Rosewood flooring planks from the floor project, and glued two pieces together.   I spit the pieces length wise, so that the two sides of the mirror would be out of the same board and matched.   Length was cut to 3" longer than the mirror length.

For the taper cut, the width, top was 1 7/8" by 1 ¼" on the bottom.   Depth taper was 1 ½" on top by 1" on bottom.

A ¼" ply wood was cut 1 ½" shorter than the length of the mirror and 1 ½" wider than the width of the mirror.   Then using mirror glue, the mirror was glued to the plywood.

A little router work so that the edge of the mirror would recess into the frame by ¼" on each side, plus another cut for the plywood backing.

The frame was then finished with four coats of Dewaxed Garnet Shellac.   Then three coats of pure Tung Oil.   The final step was to shoot some screws through the plywood backing into the frame, and a hanger.

Home Depot must know of someone who to much money.

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