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In this article John, the author of the YouTube channel “John Heisz — I Build It” will tell You how to build a mirror for the bathroom. Why not? The mirror itself is carved to order at the local glass shop. But the frame will have to work independently. This mirror will be added above the dressing table, that is actually converted into a dressing table.
— Veneered chipboard
The edge of the veneer, flat dowel, plastic anchor for drywall, screws
— Silicone sealant, stain, acrylic varnish, glue Titebond II
— Sandpaper, masking tape.
The tools used by the author.
— Circular saw
— Lamella Frazier
— Spray the electrical, iron
— Miter saw
— Orbital sander, manual mill
— T-shaped cutter
— Screwdriver, drill bits for wood
— Tape measure, pencil, square.
The process of making.
Since the author wants the frame as much as possible approached on a design to the dressing table, he decides to make it of the same material that some of the facial part of the dressing table, that is, from veneer chipboard.
From this sheet material it is cut strips of 80 mm using a circular saw.
He further crotchet of the side faces of the boards with a band of veneer with adhesive. Strips are glued hot, with a flat iron.
It is easier to do while the edges of the boards are still solid.
You can then cut the fold under the mirror. The operation is performed in two passes.
Further, all segments are sanded orbital grinding machine. A grinding disk may leave a barely noticeable whirling pattern on the wood. It can be smoothed, optionally, treating the surface of fine sandpaper manually. Also carefully wipe the fold around the perimeter.
The next step will be applied to the stain. If the wood will be rough and uneven, it will show them.
It is important to paint the fold: although it is closed in the mirror, will give a reflex, if you will remain bright.
The stain is sufficiently thick layer, on the principle of “how much wood will take.” But it is important not to overdo it, and apply a layer of this thickness, it was not necessary to remove the excess stain with a dry cloth.
So, it is desirable that the surface was free of excess stain.
Wood must be dry and evenly dyed, without any streaks.
The author handles all the elements of the frame in disassembled form, as the mirror itself is still not reached, and leave to dry overnight.
The dimensions of the mirror are 450Х800 mm.
John lays out all the details of the frame on the desktop, and provides them with the first coat of acrylic lacquer with an airbrush.
After 10 minutes the Board flipped backwards, and the procedure is repeated.
He further natryskowe 3 layer finish with an interval of 15-20 minutes. At the end of the process everything has to dry for several hours.
If necessary, you can again go with a grinding machine and then re-apply several layers of topcoat.
So, the next day all elements of the frame are ready for Assembly. John first wanted to connect them that way.
But he decided to do at the ends of each plank bevels 45 degrees. So the joints of the frame will be less noticeable.
First, the craftsman determines how long should be each segment. This should take into account the width of the grooves, and the size of the mirror.
Then he cuts off one end of all four boards on the miter saw at 45 degrees.
And then groups and records them in pairs, putting aside the previously required distance.
To build the frame you will use flat dowel. Previously on the edges of each part glued strips of adhesive paper to protect the finish from damage.
In the centre of each area, using lamella router, cut one wide groove.
Dowels promazyvaetsya polyurethane construction adhesive. This sort of glue slowly solidifying, so the author has time to build all the elements. In addition, the adhesive can be quite easily wiped off surfaces without causing any harm to the finish.
Now, the author tightens the connections in the clamps, two bottom, two on the sides. This will create the necessary pressure for alignment of ports relative to each other.
Surplus speaking of glue are removed immediately with a damp cloth. The whole structure is left overnight for drying.
Of course, for these purposes, and for gluing furniture panels, much better fit clamp-vajmy, about the manufacture of which was described in the following article.
When the clamps are removed, you can deal with the aesthetics. All joints are cleaned out colorsound polyurethane. So they become less noticeable, and the wood is protected from moisture.
Then the frame is flipped, and it is inserted into the mirror.
The master fixes a mirror panel at the corners with glue “liquid nails”. And again everything is left overnight.
It remains to make the “locking holes”, so that the mirror could be hung on the wall.
The author uses a 10 mm drill bit for wood, and makes blind holes (depth 11-12 mm) symmetrically on both sides of the frame.
Now is where to start a manual mill. T-shaped mill is made elongated inner grooves, something resembling a keyhole.
Further to mark where you should drill holes in the wall, the author puts into the holes on the frame by one screw, and seals them with a piece of masking tape. You can now figure out how best to position the mounting anchors.
To fix mirror in a frame at a certain, desired height, John puts any cut block of wood, using it as a temporary stand.
Then puts it on the mirror and gently presses the two upper corners to the drywall below it imprinted the traces of the tips of the screws. The label done.
It remains only to drill holes for the anchors. In the finished hole screwed plastic anchor for drywall, they are screwed screws so that the heads protrude above the surface of the wall by about 10 mm.
More reliable fastening for heavy objects to drywall anchors are molly, popularly referred to as — “the mole”. When using such anchorages, one should bear in mind that to reach them is extremely difficult.
Mounts installed, and you can hang a mirror in its place.
I thank the author for a master class on making frames, and install mirrors!
All good mood, sound health, and interesting ideas!
The author’s video can be found here.
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