Finally built my mirror
Thanks to all who answered all of my questions.
I am not a builder, don’t have a bunch of tools so trying to build a frame was going to be a challenge. In all of my research I found a medicine cabinet build at
https://docs.smart-mirror.io/docs/hardware.html I didn’t buy the monitor he suggested and went with a 24 inch monitor I found on Craigslist. After stripping it down to bare bones, I placed on top of the mirror and of course it was about 1/4 inch too big. Ugh. Gambled and bought a 23 inch monitor and after stripping it down it was perfect
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/dell-s2319nx-23-ips-led-fhd-monitor-black-silver/6237640.p?skuId=6237640] It was marked down to $85 with an open box model.
Removing the mirror from medicine cabinet was not as easy as described. I had to pry the wood apart on 3 sides and after putting the new mirror in, I used wood glue and large clamps to rebuild.
I called a bunch of local glass companies and found one who would sell me a 13x26 one way mirror for $75. That was less than the cost of an acrylic one from the vendor many use. Call around for sure. This was my 7th call. Most other places wanted $125 or more.
I am not hanging it on a wall, but resting on top of my mantle. I added a few eye hooks and 100 pound picture wire. I added a few 100 pound picture frame holders into the wall and put the wire over the hooks to prevent any chance of it tipping over.
To control the screen I am using an Alexa enabled smart plug. I have an Echo in my living room so I didn’t build Alexa into the mirror. I choose the smart plug for a few reasons. It allowed me to add it to my morning and evening rituals so it turns on and off at certain times. I also added an applet from IFTTT that is based on location. It turns on or off automatically when I leave or enter my subdivision.
Default Compliments with a few custom insults
Here is what it looks like mounted on the mirror. I used tarp straps to keep everything tight.
Video of it in action
@Mykle1 Thanks for all of your help. I gave the one I made as a gift away Saturday and everyone at the party freaked out. That kid will be the coolest kid in the dorm.
That’s how this all started for me. My son mentioned the Pi. The rest, as they say, is history.