Introduction: Reclaimed Wood Mirror Frame

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In this simple tutorial, I'll show you how easy it is to make your own wooden mirror frame. Well, easy as long as you have some basic tools and a pocket hole jig. You can easily adapt this rustic mirror to any size, and use whatever type of wood you want!

I used reclaimed barnwood tongue and groove boards for the frame. Don't have tongue and groove boards? The good news is that you actually only need the groove and you can make your own. See the link in step 3 for how to cut a groove using a table saw.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

Here are the tools and materials I used to make this reclaimed wood mirror frame:

Step 2: Cut the Backer

Lay your mirror flat on your 1/8" plywood and trace the contour, then cut it down to size.

Step 3: Cut the Tongues

If you're using tongue and groove boards, start by trimming off the tongues using your table saw.

Or, start with any regular board, and add a 1/4" groove using your table saw. Here is a video you may find useful if you want to add a groove.

Step 4: Cut the Frame Pieces

I started by inserting my mirror into the grooves of two of my boards, with one board on each side of the mirror. I measured the distance between the 2 boards. It came out to 11-1/4".

I used my miter saw to cut 2 boards to this length. These will be my top and bottom pieces.

Next, I dry fitted the top and bottom pieces I had just cut, and placed a third board on the left side. I lined up one end of this board flush with the bottom of my frame, and marked where I needed to cut the top end.

After cutting that piece and checking the fit was good, I transferred the length onto another board to cut the right side.

Make sense? You can also watch the building process in this short video.

Step 5: Assemble With Pocket Hole Screws

I used my Mini Kreg Jig to make two pocket holes on each end of my two shorter boards. (Note that I flipped over the frame to make the holes on the back side)

I then clamped the boards together (with my backer and mirror inserted into the frame) and screwed it all together using pocket screws.

Step 6: Finishing Touches

After it was assembled, I gave the frame a light sanding, then wiped it down and applied a dark espresso stain. Turns out I kind of liked it better without the stain. Live and learn.

Finally, I used a D-ring wire frame kit that simply screws into the back of the frame so I could hang it on the wall.

If you haven't already done so, you can watch the build video

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