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jdwdwd 01-21-2005 12:22 PM

mirror frame
I have ordered a 3'x4'x1/4" beveled mirror. I plan to construct a frame from some old 1" rough sawn oak of various widths that was used for shelving in an old root cellar. My research led me to a DIY project from the past. In this project a 1/2 inch rabbit was cut 1/4 inch deep around the inside of the frame. A sheet of 1/4 material was cut to fit inside the rabbit and form a solid backing for the frame. My question concerns attaching the mirror. The info. from the past project that I had did not address this. Can a mirror this large and heavy simply be glued into position to the 1/4 ' backing material? This would result in all of the beveled edge being revealed.

Glasshousebltr 01-22-2005 08:37 AM

Research the bonding strenth of the adheasive.


twracc 03-31-2005 06:42 PM

My 3 year old home came with a mirror about that size (not bevelled edge though) It has no frame but does rest on a countertop backsplash. I took a similar one off the wall of a separate powder room. It was held in position by a construction adhesive that looked like PL200. Applied in blobs and not much effort made to spread it around either. No problem holding though, because I had to break the mirror to get it off. Even tried a heat gun to soften it up. So, I'd say an adhesive will have sufficient holding power for your application even though it's not locked in by the rabbet. You might think about the adhesive interacting with whatever it is they put on the back of a mirror. I've seen some damaged in that way. Since yours would be glued to something that in turn is hung on the wall, I'd also make sure the structure will support the weight without pulling apart. You didn't say whether it would be screwed on, hung by wire (like a picture frame) or what, but you've probably got enough weight that it should be considered.

Teetorbilt 03-31-2005 09:34 PM

Cut your rabbit deeper and use glazing points to secure the mirror. If you are determined to glue, just use mirror mastic.

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