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Salvaging a Plate Glass mirror

I recently salvaged an old plate glass mirror (about 4 ft x 3 ft), and would like to build a stand for them so I can use them in a vertical (or almost vertical) position next to an exercise machine. I want to build (or purchase) a simple stand which would prevent the mirror from falling over. Also need to put something around the edges for safe handling. The mirror is heavy, but can be lifted by one person. Any thoughts? Thanks. Larry Pensack

Re: Salvaging a Plate Glass mirror

You should frame the mirror and install a fairly solid back to prevent scratching the silver coating.


Re: Salvaging a Plate Glass mirror

If you google Martha Stewart, she has directions on how to frame a mirror. You start by attaching it to plywood (I don't know if she glued it or not, but I would think you would need a special adhesive that would not eat through the silver backing). Then you glue on framing. I don't know if there is some kind of stepped molding that you could actually attach to the plywood that would lip up over the sides of the mirror. If you attached the frame to the plywood with mirror hangers, you would probably then have to chisel out the appropriate spaces in the back of the molding to accomodate the protrusion from the mirror.

Cool project. I wish you luck. I have plans for the same project, same size mirror, but I want to hang it after.


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