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Misc. Shop Stuff #62: Shapleigh Ephemera

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 07-06-2017 03:10 AM 961 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As is usually the case, this entry starts with some background. This particular broken piece was an auction purchase likely more than 20 years ago.

It appears to be a three sided display case meant to sit on top of a store cabinet. Problem was (obviously) the glass was in pieces. I liked it and bought it for some small amount and it’s been in a cabinet in the garage ever since. But lately, with the same cleaning exercise that reprised the plumb crate that’s becoming a nail cabinet, it was rediscovered. Notable feature: the decal on the glass.

First challenge was removing the glass from the case. A razor blade did the trick.

Some marks to create a square piece of glass (I have a glass cutter that wasn’t there years ago)...

and a scrap oak frame made with Stanley 150 mitre box and #289 skew fillister got me a framed piece of glass from a famous, albeit long-gone, St Louis hardware company.

Not sure what else I can do to it, but at least what’s there was saved. The base will get new glass at some point, when I know where to put such a piece when restored.

That’s it, thanks for looking!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --



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#1 posted 07-06-2017 05:32 AM

Nice save, Smitty! Maybe put a print of the building behind the glass? Like this one from WK Fine Tools web page?

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 07-06-2017 06:58 AM

OK Smitty some very good restoration work done there,
I have an idea for ssomething else how about you tell me a mailing address so I can send you a piece of felt or leather of your choice replace the daggy cardboard.

Nice additional post Candy!

-- Regards Robert

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#3 posted 07-06-2017 10:49 AM

Great suggestions, thanks! I’ll enhance the display, maybe try each and post pics here.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#4 posted 07-06-2017 01:04 PM

Nice save Mr. Cabinetshop.

-- ~Tony

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#5 posted 07-06-2017 01:48 PM

Also pulled from the Fine Tools site (thanks, Candy!), an improvement to the daggy cardboard that is consistent with the Workshop Style Guide.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#6 posted 07-06-2017 03:03 PM

I’m in favor of daggy cardboard improvement. I like Candys idea.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 07-06-2017 05:10 PM

Will cut this out square and see how it looks.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#8 posted 07-06-2017 08:04 PM

Better?

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#9 posted 07-06-2017 08:34 PM

Looks perfect and it goes with your shop decore!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#10 posted 07-06-2017 08:39 PM

Aye. Better.

Printed on darker paper, it may make the decal more prominent.

-- ~Tony

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#11 posted 07-06-2017 10:14 PM

Very much so!

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 07-06-2017 10:23 PM

Smitty, when you replace the glass in the base, you could make it a multi-piece leaded glass and incorporate the Shapleigh glass remnant into it.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html

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#13 posted 07-06-2017 11:44 PM

^ Excellent idea!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#14 posted 07-07-2017 06:09 AM

Ah yes much better, trust a lady to come up with a nice decorating solution!

Great partnership at work!!

-- Regards Robert

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#15 posted 07-10-2017 09:07 AM

Fine save.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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