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Around the Shop #19: Display case. The request is in.

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Blog entry by Don W posted 372 days ago 1210 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So my wife has been putting together some pieces for a display case for some of her old crocks. We’ve found the pieces, now the fun begins.

So here is the display part. It doesn’t have a bottom, so the table top will be the bottom of the display. It will have one more shelf added.

The idea is to make a bench or table that it sits on. Here are the future legs.

Here is what I have to work with.

The Idea is something like this. I’ll remove the door knob. The make a cut along the red line. Part A will become the table top.

Part D will be the front of the face frame (or apron), with C and E being cut down for the end frames (or aprons). A back piece will be made from dimensional lumber since it will be against a wall and never seen.

I could dowel the frame to the legs. If I did a threw tenon, the end would show, and I don’t want that. I could 45 the corners and notch the legs with inside braces. I’m looking for idea’s.

How would you build it?

Thanks for the input.

The Build begins

After getting home from work,

I took a stab on figuring out how this would go together. The first thing I did was took the door completely apart. I managed to find the pins, popped them out and the door was in pieces.

This brought up some old joinery

Next I cut the pieces for the top to size.

I decided to dowel the frame. It seemed easier and less intrusive to the material around it. I made a template so the dowels all drilled the same.

A dry fit showed it was coming out like I had envisioned.

My problem began when I went to grab my dowels. Problem being I didn’t have any. So…....I made some. The 40 mile round trip to Home Depot just wasn’t in my plan.

I like to add a little crimp to my dowels. It help the glue hold and help round them out as well.

Added some additional support

And Glued it all up.

Added some corner brackets

And called it a day

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com



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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#1 posted 372 days ago

How much play above and below the turning of the leg pieces?

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

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Don W

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#2 posted 372 days ago

Approx 4”

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#3 posted 372 days ago

Interesting Don it looks as if you have given yourself a nice wee challenge
I’m sure it is going to come out great

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#4 posted 372 days ago

Ouch, that’s not much to work with!

Trying to think stretchers, M&T joinery, but it’s not coming through. Looks like there should be actual feet vs. turning ends that land on the floor directly…

What about a trestle base, with those turnings as pairs on either end?

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

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#5 posted 372 days ago

A Don / Smitty collaboration will be engaging.

The confidence in you displayed by your wife is fun too. “Here are a few pieces to work with. You know what I am looking for, now go build it.”

I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

-- ~Tony

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#6 posted 372 days ago

Stretchers instead of aprons? I didn’t think of that. I’m not sure how that would work, but its another thought line.

I had thought of M&T. It may be one of those, design as you build projects.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#7 posted 372 days ago

This is what I’ve been thinking (thinking not being my particular strong suit…)

There’s still a stretcher (M&T) at the bottom and an apron at the top. Maybe too much going on, but it lateral stability with heavier contents of the cabinet is a concern.

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

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#8 posted 372 days ago

I had a similar thought but not sure I’ll have enough material.

Thanks for that drawing Smitty. Its along the lines of what I’m looking for.

Edit:
Or maybe the bottom bases from oak? Hmmmmm

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#9 posted 367 days ago

Some progress added.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#10 posted 367 days ago

I very much like it…

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

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Don W

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#11 posted 367 days ago

Thanks Smitty. It went together easier than I expected. I would have likes to have done a single support across the bottom instead of the angles but I just didn’t have a piece to do it. This is probably stronger anyhow.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#12 posted 367 days ago

Looking good, Don. Very good and creative use of the door pieces.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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#13 posted 367 days ago

Don, it’s looking great! I certainly don’t have the design skills to offer advise, but I can offer enthusiasm! And thanks for teaching me how to dis-assemble an ancient wooden door!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#14 posted 367 days ago

+1 on what Terry said, I see lots of doors out on the tree belt for free, now I can salvage some wood. Got two in my garage now!

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#15 posted 367 days ago

Man that looks great.

-- ~Tony

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