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Wood Magazine Glass Display case - an upscale adventure #1: In the beginning - there was a model

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Blog entry by Woodbutchery posted 07-07-2018 12:30 AM 538 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Wood Magazine Glass Display case - an upscale adventure series Part 2: It's all about the base ... and the top frame »

In my last project I talked about the stand I made for a recently finished model.

Several people had given advise about working as quickly as possible to keep it dust free. It’s sound advise and typically it’s either a buy the case before the model is finished, or as soon after the model is finished as one can.

Being on lumberjocks, I figured I HAD to build my own case, or turn in my membership!

I searched around, and LittleBlackDuck had a right decent case he made, and while it’s a fine case, it’s not what I was looking for. So I went lookin’.

And I found a case that suited my needs, and had a style that I liked.

Ain’t it cute? It’s from Wood magazine, Vol 161, and it has much that I was looking for in a stand; a single door at the back for putting the model in (I was just .. scared about the idea of picking up and lowering a case frame over the ship. Too klutzy), the ability to look at it from all sides (and from above, if you stand on your tippy toes), and a sense that the panels will be substantial enough to handle the move when we head East in a couple of years or so.

There was only one catch. The internal dimensions of the cabinet are 7” x 17” x 12”. So some scaling up was needed. I need the internal dimensions to be 14” x 40” x 32”. This gives me about an inch wiggle room on all sides of the model (width, length, and height) for putting it in the display case without it looking like I shoe-horned it in there. I’m working on a spreadsheet that should allow me to enter internal or external dimensions and re-configure the numbers for the various pieces. I’ll let you know how that works out.

Sadly, I’ve looked for examples of someone who has built this particular case, and so far, no dice. There are plenty of display cases on the site, and others at large, but not many appear to have built this, or if they have, haven’t presented it as a project or blog on L/J.

So here I am. We all know what an excellent job I do of blogging, but I will attempt to work through the process and provide information WITH pictures as I work through the process.

Up next: Making the base and the frame top. – hint: they’re already built, but I’ll put together some pictures of what I did to get them where they are at -

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery



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