Step 2: Build the Frame

build the frame when making a sunburst mirror frame with wood shims
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Glue the three-piece sections together, tapered ends pointing in. Alternate between short and long, aligning them so that the tallest shim in a short section lies an inch or so lower than the shorter shims in a long section. Make sure the edges lie flush on one side to create a flat surface for the mirror.
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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)