Well almost, I still have to do my least favorite part, finishing. I noticed that the mirror has a scratch in it from the back that shows through right to the front. It's in the upper left hand side just outboard of the centerline. (the lady at the glass company says that no one re-silvers mirrors anymore because of the hazardous waste issues)I must have done this in the shop with all my moving it here and there checking the fit etc. Still its a good deal for ten bucks and the other 99.9% of the mirror is just fine. To the left of the first picture is my armoire slant slash TV cabinet. It just might make it back to its original intent with the advent of the new TV's.
In the second picture I showed the back and at the top you can see two pocket screws on the crest rail? For lack of a better term, that's what it is. I also used biscuts to hold this together. I first glued the bottom flat piece to the top to the mirror frame and after 1/2 hour or so I glued the circular portion and applied clamping pressure just with the pocket screws. I used a piece of plywood for the backer for the mirror and one for the back of the box attached to the bottom of the mirror frame. Overall, this is a very light piece, a lot lighter than I thought it was going to be. I shouldn't have any problems hanging this where ever it happens to land.
My thoughts on this is to use mending plates and attach them to the mirror close to the top and expose just enough room for the hole for the screw. This should minimize seeing it. Or I might screw through the frame and bung the holes when I am done. If I use mollys I don't have to be concerned with hitting a stud (the frame is light enough for this), and I can use a walnut bung to plug the holes. I have these "E-Z anchors" that I have had good luck with. They work well in drywall and I haven't had any fail me yet. Well thats it for this post.
I am headed for highlands hardwoods in Brentwood, New Hampshire tomorrow. They have 8/4 poplar on special and I am going to use that to make the table for my daughter (its for the legs and stretchers). They have a couple of other hardwood dealers closer to home, but none of them have the short bins that highland has. Some dealers don't have a regular inventory that is half of what highlands has just in shorts. Plus, and this is a biggie, they charge extra if you don't buy a minimum, of in most cases, 100 bf. Highlands has no minimum , lets you pick through the pile, and they will help load your treasures in your vehicle. Its a nice drive of about 2-3 hours and they have a machinery store just before you get to highlands called Brentwood Machinery. If you happen to be up this way, stop in. They sell new and used and everything in between. I got a Freud combo blade for 10 bucks the last time I was there, a brand new blade like this runs around 90 bucks. I also bought some sanding discs, a pack of 5 for $1.50. I have a stack of 100, 150, and 220 about 12" high. Now thats a bargain worth the trip for just that.
As soon as I get a finish on my mirror I'll post it.