Introduction

sunburst mirror frame made from wood shims
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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A handyman's secret weapon for setting door jambs, aligning molding, and temporarily fixing wobbly furniture, humble wood shims go from toolbox staple to style booster in this sunburst mirror frame. Making your own is simple and, at only about $35 for materials, far less expensive than any off-the-shelf version. All you need are shims in two lengths—for the 26-inch looker shown here, we used 234 shims in 8- and 12-inch lengths (about $1.50 for 14 and about $4 for 42, respectively; Lowes)—and a plain, round beveled mirror ($6 for a 12-inch mirror; Shop Hobby Lobby).
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    Tools List

    • hot glue gun
      Hot-glue gun
    • Natural-bristle chip brush
      Paintbrush

    Shopping List

    8-inch and 12-inch shims (you'll need about 120 each)

    Round beveled mirror (we used a 12-inch, but you can choose whatever size you like best)

    ¼ plywood to back the mirror for extra support (you'll need a square that measures smaller than the size of the frame)Shellac

    Wood glue

    Picture hanging hardware/wire (make sure it can support the frame's weight)

    Mirror adhesive

    Sandpaper (optional)