Mirrors are usually 1/4 in (6 mm) first-quality polished plate glass silvered and protected. Frameless mirrors should have all edges ground and polished, but framed mirrors need only ground edges. Rough cut edges should not be used even in framing, for the sharp edges of the fractures will be clearly visible from the sides, and even with ground edges it is usual to matt black the frame rebates/rabbets to cut down unwanted reflections.

Framed mirrors

Frames need be of light section only, for the glass itself will keep the framework square and rigid, and the plywood back will strengthen the jointing. A typical cheval mirror glass with stand is shown in 448:1,2 with 1 in (25 mmm) by 1 in (25 mm) frame jointed as 448:9. The stand (448:1) has a bearer rail tenoned into the tapered standards, and the legs are dowelled on 448:2. Small blocks are screwed to the standards (448:2A), and a thin lath fixed across the width to tie the standards in, while the mirror frame is mounted with drop or ring handles screwed through, with a wood button spacer as shown in

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