and frequently checked the fit to my mortises to make sure I hadn't removed too much material.
Since the through tenons would be on prominent display, I wanted fairly wide wedge slots and wedges of uniform thickness. I cut both of them on the tablcsaw.
First I bored holes where the wedge slots would end to prevent the rails from splitting when the wedges were in place. 'ITicn I laid the stock flat on die table, set the blade high and ripped a kerf that extended into the hole.
I ripped the wedges on the table-saw, using the cutoff box for safety. (See photo.) Making the angle on the wedges was easy. I placed a small piece of wood between the jig's fence. After each cut, I'd flip the stock over to get the proper angle for the next cut.
To provide some balance between the frame parts and the beveled miiror glass I planned to install, I decided to chamfer the inside edge of the rails and stiles (see photo) with a 45° chamfer bit on die router table. Before starting the cuts, though, 1 used a chisel and a shop-made L-shaped guide block to cut the ends of the cliamfers. This prevented split-out. Then after routing, I used the same guide block to clean up the rounded shoulder left by the router bit. (Sec photo.)
After routing the chamfers. 1 planed and scraped my stock to a finished surface and hand-planed small chamfers on the ends of the stiles and rails. (See Fig. 1.) With that done, the frame was ready for glue-up.
When gluing the joints I took cart-to apply glue only to the concealed part of the tenon and not to the inside of the mortise. This reduced the chance that glue would end up on the exposed part of the tenon when I slipped it home. Then, before driving home the wedges, I applied additional glue to the wedge slots, using a glue syringe (available from Garrett Wade, 161 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013, 800-221-2942).
With the frame together, I was reach-to rabbet the hack to accept the mirror. (Sec Fig. 1.) I made the cut with a router and a V»-in. rabbeting bit. and squared the rounded corners with a chisel.
Making the Back Assembly
You could use plyw<x>d to form the back panel that holds the mirror in place, but I wanted to construct some-
Screw back assembly to mirror frame.
Make top rail 1 Vi in. wide and bevel bottom at 45° to mate with wall hanger.
Beveled hanger screws to wall
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