|Project by poroskywood||posted 04-12-2009 03:24 PM||1995 views||3 times favorited||7 comments|
Hey LJs, This is a display case I’ve been working on for about a week (on and off). It’s made from Birdseye Hard Maple, some Curly Hard Maple for the trim molding, and some unique ingrown bark Hard Maple for the back panel.
I used the Freud glass panel bit set for the door, what a awesome set. And biscuit joiner/glue for assembly.
The hardest part was the measurements for the door, and I learned that you need to know what hinge you are using BEFORE you make the door! So this was my second door once I established that I would be using a self closing 3/8” inset hinge.
Note on the Freud bits: to determine the length of the rail you need, of coarse, to subtract the width of the stiles and ADD 1 1/4” (5/8” for each groove) Hope that saved someone the 2 hours it cost me. Also I made my own panel retainers at 1/8” because the rubber panel retainer would not stay in the groove, garbage.
The case measures roughly 26” tall x 16” wide x 4” deep. The glass was fairly cheap at $36. The shelves are 1/4” and the door panel is 1/8” glass. I thought I could put a battery operated light in the bottom but I can’t find one small enough, there is only a 2 3/4” width on the inside from face frame to back panel, I do not want to use a plugin. Any suggestions? I used Minwax Antique Oil finish, which I liked better than the Watco Danish Oil from my last project. I liked that I could apply multiple coats and really got to develop a nice hardened finish during the buffing stage. I will be using this finish regularly on future projects like this. Loved IT!
I hung this along my bar space downstairs, and it goes nicely with the Curly Hard Maple T&G. The bar space is unfinished I think maybe I will try to complete the area before I make anymore accessories. I’ll face frame the bottom cabinets in Walnut, and then I get to make different combos of raised panel, glass panel doors, drawers and shelves. ^#$K YEAH! The bar is Curly Cherry. Thats a different project for a different time, I figured someone would ask.
HAPPY EASTER Hope everyone is enjoying their families today. I may only spend a hour in the shop ;).
-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott