The Holding Strips

mirror, cut a groove the same thickness as the mirror {%") down the edge of the strips, see Fig. 6. (Most carbide-tipped saw blades cut keifs exactly Vt" wide.) Cut this kerf V4" deep and centered on the edge of the strip, see Step 2 in Fig. 6.

chamfer edges. After the groove is cut, the front edges of the strips are chamfered. Rout a %"-wide chamfer on the top edge of the strip, see Step 3 in Fig. 6. Then rout small '/ยป"-wide chamfer on the bottom edge, see Step 4 in Fig. 6.

ASSEMBLY. Now, to mount the min-or and the strips in the frame, cut the holding strips to length to fit snugly between the stiles on the mirror frame.

Then slide the strips over the edges of the mirror and position it in the frame so there's equal spacing between the holding strips and the top and bottom rails.

Mark this position and remove the strips from the mirror. Then clamp the strips alone to the plywood, and drill pilot holes through the plywood back for #6 x Vz woodscrews, see Fig. 6.

FINISH. Before mounting the mirror, I applied three coats of Deft interior finish to the frame and the holding strips.

Now the mirror can be installed. 1 placed a couple pieces of cardboard in betwreen the mirror and the plywood back to support the center of the mirror. Then the holding strips can be screwed in place to hold the mirror in the frame.

cut rails 3v,tm longer than width of mirror miter end - after mortising sole w mortise, ' j" deer centered on stock chamfer face side edges with router do not chamfer back edges chamfer edges before assembly chamfer ends with chisels to match sides figure a square up rounded corners left by router with chisel note; score edge before routing rabbet depth equals thickness of %" plywood rout counterclockwise to score edge of rabbet cross section figure 6

holding strip detail chamfer bottom edge

  • quot; kerf centered on stock rout clockwise to complete cutting rabbet vv plywood back
  • b X Ml" wood s crew two layers of cardboard

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