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Mirrored passage doors....


I have a designer who wants to do a mirrored wall with 2 doors in the center, and another 2 on the other side. I've done a mirrored door in the past but it was thin and so I had to fabricate a custom core using mahogany to make a grid, and then skinned it with hardboard and laminate. That one worked well, but would be expensive to do for multiple doors.

I'm wondering if just using an off the shelf solid core slab door at 1-3/4" thick would do the trick here? At 1-3/4" I would think it thick enough to resist the pull of the mirror mastic but????

I know these mirrored walls are somewhat popular so figure someone else here has done them. So wondering if using slabs is standard practice or recipe for disaster?


4/13/17       #2: Mirrored passage doors.... ...
David R Sochar Member

I have done these several times with off the shelf solid core doors, sometimes reworked for special widths or heights by adding a stile or rail.

I would mention to the builder or owner that they needed to use a good quality 1/4" plate mirror and 'proper attachment'. Whatever 'proper attachment' was, I don't know, I left it up to them.

The 1/4" is reasonable for the best appearance and strength on its own, and the solid core doors did well. No problems I ever heard about.

4/14/17       #3: Mirrored passage doors.... ...
Keith Newton

Be sure to get the adhesive from your glass supplier, because most will eat through the silver.

Also, be sure to use a high quality door with hardwood edge, preferably bonded to the core, otherwise if the screws don't pull out, the weakest link is the glue line between inside face veneer and it's core will be all that holds that very heavy door together.

4/16/17       #4: Mirrored passage doors.... ...
Steelie Mark

+1 with David, I've done the same with good quality solid cores from my lumber yard. I also let the glass supplier apply the mirrors, I just had to take the doors down and put them back up after the adhesive had set. Sort of a PIA, but I had used Soss hinges......
It's probably just me, but I wouldn't be able to work in a totally mirrored room like that- freaks me out ;-)

4/16/17       #5: Mirrored passage doors.... ...
David R Sochar Member

I would highly recommend Tectus hinges over the "saggy Soss" hinges we have all seen fail.

The Tectus are very well engineered, and even have 3 way adjustments (!!!) for tuning to the opening.

We get them from Index D, and they can help with sizing and placement. In 5 years, we have not seen one adjustment needed nor any sag.

View higher quality, full size image (2592 X 1944)

Tectus Article In 'This Is Carpentry'

4/17/17       #6: Mirrored passage doors.... ...
pat gilbert


It would seem that that hardware is overkill for the cabinet in the article?

Awesome hinges for house doors.

4/17/17       #7: Mirrored passage doors.... ...
Jason Blundell  Member


We've installed mirrors on both cabinet doors and interior walls and doors. A 1/4" mirror on a solid core door is sound. The glue is called mirror mastic. If you want advice on installing yourself let me know.

4/18/17       #8: Mirrored passage doors.... ...
David R Sochar Member


Yes, they were a bit of overkill for that big box. It was torsion box construction and so everything was rather light.

But boy, was it ever easy to adjust! Most fun we have ever had with inset cabinet doors.

The customer saw the hinges in the shop and stared playing with them, and asked if that is what we were going to use.

We have used these on contemporary doors - entry, wine and passage - to great ease. We do rent the jig since that makes it all so simple.

4/18/17       #9: Mirrored passage doors.... ...
pat gilbert

The door alignment is awesome, and says craftsmanship loud and clear.

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