EP. 60 diy full length mirror

This mirror project was a lot of fun. Remember, with this method you're cutting the frame to fit the mirror, not the other way around. I recommend getting your mirror before starting the project.


2 - 8ft 1x3's

1 1/4" pvs electircal conduit (outside diameter is 1 5/8")

White Spray Paint: http://amzn.to/2nXaOzG

Wood Glue (optional): http://amzn.to/2oRHONt

Screws: http://amzn.to/2nXaj91

1/4" Dowel:

I started by cutting my side pieces to length on the miter saw. Make the sides the Exact same length as the mirror.

Next, I used my table saw to create a dado in the center of my side pieces. This is what the mirror will rest in. 

I attached my top and bottom pieces to the sides with pocket screws. I used a 1/4" drill bit to recess the screws beneath the surface of the board that way I could plug them with a dowel later.

I used a 1 5/8" forstner bit to drill an hole and recess in my bottom pieces. 

To make sure everything would line up right, I used the first piece as a template for the second, making sure not to drill all the way through the bottom of the frame.

Making the legs was a simple process. I set my miter saw to cut a 5 degree bevel on the bottom of the feet so that they would sit flat on the ground when the mirror is leaned against the wall.

Then, I plugged the legs with some scrap wood I cut on the bandsaw. This is optional, it just provides a little extra glue surface. I flushed the plugs up on the disk sander.


Assembling the bottom was a pretty simplr process, I just constantly was checking to make sure everything stayed square. I marked 2" from the top of the leg to show me how far down the floating piece should sit.

Once I knew everything fit, I took the bottom piece of the frame off and painted the assembly white.

I used 5 minute epoxy to fix the legs to the frame.

I added two coats of satin Polycrylic by Minwax. 

After installing the mirror, I screwed the top of the frame in to lock it in.

The dowels aren't glued in, that way if i need to remove the mirror, I can unscrew the top and replace it.

I used a 1/4" mirror pane, it's rigid enough I don't need to have a solid back panel. If you use anything thinner, use a full plywood back panel.


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