Birdseye display Case

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Project by poroskywood posted 04-12-2009 03:24 PM 3047 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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

Great looking display case. Love that birdseye!

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

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#2 posted 04-12-2009 04:25 PM

Too much nice timber for a simple cabinet LOL

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 04-12-2009 05:00 PM

I like how it turned out nice finish Now to really see it properly I’ll have to be sitting at the bar.So tell me where when and how .LOL Happy Easter


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#4 posted 04-12-2009 10:06 PM

Great cabinet Scott ! My first thought was that it needed to be lit from within , but then I read that you were addressing that issue already. I was also going to ask about that gorgeous bar top because I looked at the pictures before reading your post. That finish is awesome for the piece. I used to use that , but I never had any projects this nice to put it on.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 04-13-2009 01:27 AM

Great looking case, the lumber and finish are really attractive. I’m not sure about the angled planking on the the wall though; I’m afraid I’d fall off the stool thiinking it was level after too much use of those glasses ;-]

-- Chris

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#6 posted 04-13-2009 01:34 AM

A beautiful looking case. Nice job there I love the wood.

-- 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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#7 posted 04-19-2009 02:24 AM

That cabinet looks wild!
The wood you used is awesome!
The fit & finish is top notch too.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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