It’s easy to take for granted certain luxuries. Electricity, clean water, indoor plumbing, HVAC, etc. But there are certain modern amenities that you don’t realize you miss until they’re gone. Like a bathroom mirror.
I’ve never made a picture frame before. And I’m 100% certain this is not the way to frame a picture. That’s what miters are for. But mirrors are heavier than pictures and the frame needed to be stronger than a simple miter. I guess I could have splined the mitres, but that is power tool claptrap. So I went with lap joints, reinforced with pegs to match the vanity drawbores.
White Oak is difficult enough to work with hand tools when it’s kiln dried. But imagine cutting 8 linear feet of rabbets with a moving fillister plane and a mild hangover. It’s a freaking nightmare. But with perseverance, you can turn this:
Attaching the mirror was a bit of a head-scratcher. My solution was to use caulk that dries clear and just schmoo the thing in place. Clear-drying caulk is a veritable miracle, btw. But it requires a small bit of faith because it goes on white.
That’s just one of two mirrors needed. So, learning from the process, I’ll cut the corner joinery first and the rabbet second. I think.
Or maybe I’ll just buy a table saw with a dado stack.