A glass case for my ship

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Project by GaryK posted 04-12-2009 03:28 AM 2922 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For something that looks so simple, this is actually one of the hardest things I have done in a long time.
It took me about two weeks worth of thinking to get it right and another week to build and finish it.
( am taking care of a 2 year old and only have a chance to work on it during her naps)

For those of you who might not have seen my “Woodworking in miniature project”

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I wanted to be able to display the ship without it collecting all kinds of dust.
Since I was using glass I wanted to make sure that I could take it apart in case the glass broke. That part took forever to figure out. I also wanted to make it look insignificant compared to the contents.

As far as replacing the glass part I have succeeded on the sides but ended up using a piece of plexiglass for the top since that was mainly just to let light in. With the top removed I have access to 4 screws to take off the top parts of the frame to replace the glass.

The finish is my typical reddish-brown water based dye and then some water based poly. The wood is mahogany.

In the first and last pictures you can see the Lumberjock Trophies for the past 2 contests.

Above it is a frame I built for my wife’s cross stitching art.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 04-12-2009 03:37 AM

Beautiful Case!!

After reading your original post, I can understand your desire to put the model in a case. Wish I had done that with some of my ship models but alas…..


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 04-12-2009 03:38 AM

Looks very nice!

Just wondered why you didn’t use Plexi glass all over?
Is it not so good for that type of thing?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 04-12-2009 03:43 AM

nicely done !

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 04-12-2009 04:09 AM

Great crate Gary.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 04-12-2009 04:16 AM

Gary, that is a beautiful case that you built. It showcases your model well. The frame looks good too. Is it made out of mahogany as well?

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 04-12-2009 04:17 AM

Very good , it displays it well.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#7 posted 04-12-2009 04:34 AM

Well done Gary – you are truly a man of many talents.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 04-12-2009 04:50 AM

I know the feeling. I did the same thing for my dad when he got an autographed football. instead of buying a cube to cover it I had a great idea. my friend’s dad owned a framing business so I could get 1/8” glass at cost, so just build a frame for it. Got it done too, but boy it was a workout. Great job on both the model and case.

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#9 posted 04-12-2009 05:18 AM

Great looking case for an amazing project!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 04-12-2009 05:37 AM

Great job Gary

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 04-12-2009 08:21 AM

A very nice ptotective cover for your ship. Lot of thinking, which is characteristic of you, has gone in making this frame. Thanks for displaying your trophies and the frame you made for your wife.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#12 posted 04-12-2009 10:38 AM

I have never seen anything like it!! abso – bloody – lutely marvellous.. please excuse my french?

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#13 posted 04-12-2009 10:43 AM

It came out looking great. I know the pain, as I’ve given up on 2 display boxes already :)

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#14 posted 04-12-2009 03:45 PM

Joe – The reason for the glass is that it is forever (unless you break it).

Plexiglass will scratch with repeated cleanings.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#15 posted 04-12-2009 10:51 PM

Hey Gary
It has to be tough if this was your most difficult project considering your outstanding portfolio . Very nice. What joinery did you use.


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