Weekend Project: Make a Traditional Mirror Frame
Read the directions and download the free project plan for this nicely proportioned mirror frame
This traditional mirror frame is the third one I’ve made. The first one was designed to fit above a radiator cover in the foyer of my house. I used old chestnut boards that I didn’t have the heart to put in the trash. Next, I made a frame out of oak and put it in a shop for sale. It went quickly. Then I designed the variation shown here, using mahogany. The top molding gives the piece its traditional look. The small shelf attached just below the mirror adds some visual interest.
Make the basic frame
Mill the parts for the top and bottom rails and the stiles. Cut half-lap joints on the tablesaw to connect the stiles and the top rails. The half-lap recess in the bottom rail is essentially the same as the socket for a half-blind dovetail joint. Use a sharp dovetail saw to begin…