I love projects that “look” complicated, but are secretly easy. Take this round mirror frame made from just ONE 1×8 board! I created it as part of a cool #OneBoardChallenge. Click HERE to see my post about the challenge and see what crazy, awesome ideas the 16 other woodworking bloggers came up with!

 

Pssst: Click the image above to rotate it to the Free Building Plans!

Cost: $20

Time: 2 hours

Difficulty: Moderate. Arranging the pieces is easy, but cutting the circular shapes with a jigsaw takes some finesse.

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Miter Saw

Jigsaw

Handsaw

Pneumatic Nail Gun or Hammer

Kreg Jig

1 ¼-inch Course Pocket Hole Screws

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(1) 14 inch Round Mirror

(1) 1 x 8 x 8′ Board

(1) Sawtooth Picture Hanger

(4) 2-inch Mending Plates to Mount the Mirror

(4) ½-inch Wood Screws to secure the Mending Plates

(1) 2-inch Finish Nail (or similar) to act as a pivot point

(1) Paintstick to outline the circular cuts

Mirror Adhesive

Pre-Stain Conditioner

Stain

Polyurethane

 

1 x 8 Frame Sides – 6 @ 15 3/8 inches (Ends mitered at opposing 30-degree angles)

 

Steps

 

1. Cut the Frame Sides

 

Using a miter saw and the cut list above, cut the 1 x 8 frame sides to size with opposing 30-degree miters.
DIY Round Mirror Frame by Build Basic - Step 1

2. Arrange the Frame Pieces

 

There are several ways to arrange the pieces to make a circular frame. To create our frame, we positioned the short edge of each Frame Piece facing outward, and butted the right side of each piece against the long edge of the piece beside it.
DIY Round Mirror Frame by Build Basic - Step 2

3. Finish Dryfitting the Pieces

 

Finish positioning the pieces so that the top edge of each piece runs flush with the mitered edge beside it, as shown.
Build a DIY Round Mirror Frame - Building Plans by @BuildBasic www.build-basic.com

4. Make Registration Marks

 

On each joint, mark a unique registration line so that it’s easy to quickly reassemble the pieces later on.
DIY Round Mirror Frame by Build Basic - Step 4

5. Mark the Pocket Hole Placement

 

On the backside of each piece–along the same edge as the registration marks on the front side–mark lines that are 2- and 4½-inches from the long point of the miter.
DIY Round Mirror Frame by Build Basic - Step 5

6. Drill the Pocket Holes

 

Using a Kreg Jig (I’m using the K4 Master System) drill two pocket holes aligned with the marks from Step 5. Repeat to prep each Frame Piece for assembly.
DIY Round Mirror Frame by Build Basic - Step 6

7. Assemble the Frame Pieces

 

On the first Frame Piece, apply wood glue along the edge with the pocket holes from the long point to the second pocket hole. Using the registration marks on the front side, align the joint, and then clamp the pieces to the work surface. Using a drill/driver, secure the joint with 1¼-inch pocket screws.
DIY Round Mirror Frame by Build Basic - Step 7

8. Assemble the Remaining Pieces

 

Continue assembling the pieces until all the joints are secured with wood glue and 1¼-inch pocket screws.
DIY Round Mirror Frame by Build Basic - Step 8

9. Mark a Pivot Point

 

To draw the circles on the assembled frame, we’ll need to create a center point. Because the hole of our frame is empty, we’ll mark and position the leftover from the 1×8 board. On the leftover board, mark two parallel lines that are 12 1/8 inches apart. Now draw lines from corner to corner to create a X. The middle of the X will now be our center point.
DIY Round Mirror Frame by Build Basic - Step 9

10. Prep a Paintstick

 

Now let’s mark a paintstick (or scrap piece of wood) with the radius of our circles so that we can draw the new circular boarders of our Frame. Make a mark near the end of the paintstick, and then mark a second line 7 inches from it, and another line 12 ¼-inches from the first line.
DIY Round Mirror Frame by Build Basic - Step 10

11. Drill Holes in the Paint Stick

 

In the center of the width of the paintstick, drill small holes at each line.
DIY Round Mirror Frame by Build Basic - Step 11

12. Position the “Circle Drawing” Tool

Position the scrap board under the Frame so that the parallel lines on the scrap board align with two inside edges of the Frame. Drive a nail through the first line in the paintstick, and then into the center of the X on the scrap board. This will be our pivot point.
DIY Round Mirror Frame by Build Basic - Step 12

13. Draw the Inner Circle

 

Place the tip of a pencil in the hole in the paintstick that closest to the pivot point. Rotate the paintstick around the nail to draw the first circle.
DIY Round Mirror Frame by Build Basic - Step 13

14 .Draw the Second Circle

 

Move the pencil to the last line on the paintstick, and then pivot the paintstick to mark a second “outer” line on the Frame.
DIY Round Mirror Frame by Build Basic - Step 14

15. Cut the Inner Circle

 

Using a jigsaw, cut along the inner circle marked on the Frame.
DIY Round Mirror Frame by Build Basic - Step 15

16. Cut the Outer Circle

 

Using a jigsaw, cut along the outer circle marked on the Frame. Keep the cutoff pieces, as they will be reused to make the edge detail.
DIY Round Mirror Frame by Build Basic - Step 16

17. Mark the Frame Boarder

 

To create the raised border detail, place the cutoffs from Step 16 under the edge of the Frame, as shown, and mark the arc of the Frame’s outer edge.
DIY Round Mirror Frame by Build Basic - Step 17

18. Cut the Border Pieces

 

Using a jigsaw, carefully cut along the lines marked in Step 17.
DIY Round Mirror Frame by Build Basic - Step 18

19. Trim the Boarder Pieces

 

Lay the Boarder Pieces onto the frame with their ends slightly overlapping. Use cutoff to elevate every other piece as needed during this step. Once all the pieces are in place, and flush with the outside edge of the Frame, mark their overlapping ends. Remove this cutoff using a handsaw.
DIY Round Mirror Frame by Build Basic - Step 19

20. Sand the Parts

 

Number the backside of the Boarder Pieces, remove them from the Frame, and then sand all the parts.
DIY Round Mirror Frame by Build Basic - Step 20

21. Attach the Border Pieces

 

Apply wood glue to the back of the Border Pieces, clamp them in place, and then nail through the backside of the Frame and into the Boarder Pieces with 1¼-inch finish nails to hold them in place.
DIY Round Mirror Frame by Build Basic - Step 21

22. Attach the Hanger

 

Using a hammer, secure the sawtooth hanger to the back of the Frame.
DIY Round Mirror Frame by Build Basic - Step 22

23. Mount the Mirror

 

Position and install four mending plates on the back of the Frame, so that half of each plate extends over the inside edge of the Frame. Flip over the Frame, apply mirror adhesive to the front side of each plate, and then press the mirror onto the plates. Allow the adhesive to dry before hanging the assembled mirror and frame.
DIY Round Mirror Frame by Build Basic - Step 23

 

 

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47 thoughts on “Build a DIY Round Mirror Frame

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  2. Susan

    Just finished this project and I am LOVING the finished product. I shortened the length of each trapezoid to accomodate a 12″ mirror and it worked out just fine. Thanks so much for the plans!

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  3. Julie

    I love this! Trying to figure out how to make one for a 30″ mirror. How did you figure out the length of each board? Thanks for your help!

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    1. Carol

      I’ve had this on my “must make” list ever since you posted it but I was only able to find a 13 inch mirror. Can you tell me what would be my new cut length for the boards?

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