I wrote earlier about building this jewelry armoire.
It started when I found the beginnings of an old project in a corner of
my shop. I decided to make the abandoned case into a jewelry box. (Click on photo to the right for more information about the armoire.)
However, once I finished the outside I decided the inside of the
jewelry chest was boring and not particularly attractive, so I decided
to add a mirror. This article discusses how I did that.
I began by making a frame to hold the glass. I used used cherry wood to match the rest of the interior.
Then I cut a rabbit to hold the glass in place within the frame. I added a center style to the frame using a half-lap cut to fit in the same groove that I had just cut for the glass.
With that done I had the frame ready for the glass. I laid out the glass and marked it to size.
Then I cut the glass to fit.
Sounds easy, doesn't it. I actually did it on the first try, which pleased me, because I haven't done much with glass. In fact, I had to look up the best method to refresh my memory.
I scribed a line using a straightedge as a guide, pressing firmly as I drew the glass cutter across the glass. Then I tapped the glass with the back of the cutter on the back side of the scribe.
Then, gently, gently I popped the two pieces apart. Amazing. It worked.
After that was done, I made a strip of quarter-round molding to hold the
mirror in place. I attached the quarter round with small brads, being extremely careful not to crack the glass! I also pre-drilled for the brads so as not to split the thin quarter round.
I then screwed the frame into place inside the case. I didn't want to attach it permanently in case the glass ever did need to be replaced. I added removable plugs over the screws and that was that.
Just that small step and voila: the jewelry armoire was
suddenly more interesting. It was a good reminder to me about the importance of details.