Shop Journal #4: Display Cabinet Design Review

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Blog entry by Brian Havens posted 07-19-2011 08:11 AM 1955 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Critiquing my latest project, a Display Cabinet, and also find out what prompted my making the latest Straightedge video: “Making Cove Moulding on the Table Saw.”

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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#1 posted 07-19-2011 12:54 PM

Good and informative video. Many interesting ideas and thoughts. I like the cove and think it does draw attention to the display. This strips in the miter joints is an interesting thought but I think it kinda looks like a cover up to a bad joint without adding much to a piece. Not much help on the hinges. Nice project and thanks for sharing. I enjoyed it.

-- Duane, Iowa

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#2 posted 07-19-2011 01:07 PM

i think the cove molding does help draw the eye inward and what about if u put a lighter piece of veneer in there for contrast that would be neat i think

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#3 posted 07-19-2011 04:40 PM

Im not sure on the cove. Maybe the bottom is too big. I would have gone with soss hinges. They are invisible from the outside and easily installed with a router. They have lots of sizes to choose from.

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#4 posted 07-20-2011 05:54 AM

Brian – you brought up some great design issues & elements bringing attention and insight to them.

Many of the woodworkers never even think of these things until they are neck deep in the project. This should help prompt some of the thought process for woodworkers to plan for them.

A good point you made was about the cabinet competing with the doll or any item to be displayed. The display should play a supporting role in the relationship leaving the display item to take the lead. This can be challenging.

I think the cove does lead the eye as you intended. This is not even in question.

A great project and another great video.

Thanks for taking the time (and I do know how much time it takes:) to make this video.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Alan S

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#5 posted 07-20-2011 08:28 PM

Here’s a hinge idea: What if you glued a bearing in the top and bottom of the door so the inside could spin freely. Permanently glue a short rod in the bottom of your case that the door would sit in. Drill a hole through the top of your case down through the door frame and put a rod in that hole. If you temporarily attach the top rod, you could remove the door later. You might need a spacer at the bottom and alignment of the holes might be difficult. I’ve never tried this, but thought I’d share the thought.

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#6 posted 07-22-2011 05:20 AM

Excellent Job Brian! My vote is to not put anything in the cove molding joints. The molding carries it’s own simple elegance. Small contrasting details can end up being a distraction from the display. I really enjoyed the video(s) I hope to see more.


-- Making sawdust is what I do best

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