Shadowbox for Hotwheels

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Project by missingdigitworkshop posted 11-04-2009 05:37 AM 13549 views 23 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is made of ripped 1×4’s. It is 36” x 19 3/4” x 2 1/4” deep.
The back and dividers are 1/4” ply.
You may notice the dividers stand out about 1/8” above the frame. I have found that this helps keep the front aligned and closed.
The compartments are 3.25” x 1.75”.
The front lifts up so you can add or remove vehicles.

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#1 posted 11-04-2009 05:44 AM

Yay! Thanks for posting this. LJs is so great. I literally just started drawing out a design for my mothers’s birthday present, I want to make a display case for her thimble collection…I figured I’d check LJs for inspiration and see what’s up and blammo, first new project! Nice job!

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#2 posted 11-04-2009 05:57 AM

Real cool. I made one similar to display my sports cards. Isn’t it great to make your own custom displays? Nice job

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#3 posted 11-04-2009 06:10 AM

A great job

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#4 posted 11-04-2009 07:35 AM

Excellent display cabinet.

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#5 posted 11-04-2009 12:12 PM

That is one big shadow box! Nice

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#6 posted 11-04-2009 03:02 PM

This is a nice case. And it is a great idea as well to store, organize and display these toys. I have been “commissioned” by my wife to build something like this to help organize the Cars figures ( I believe that she has bought at least two of every one of them have been released) that she regularly gets for the grandchildren. This is certainly an inspiration and looks to be a well designed project.

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#7 posted 11-04-2009 04:34 PM

Cool display case. Good job.

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#8 posted 11-04-2009 06:08 PM

awsome idea! Great job! At first i thought it was cool, but then i seen you added the glass front to keep out dust etc..- now it’s really bad ass!!!
Hope you dont mind if I make 1 or 2 as xmas gifts. Probably smaller size for some glass that is laying around the shop..
Thanks for posting- looks great!


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#9 posted 11-05-2009 02:13 AM

Great job! love the way the glass door opens and I see that there are a few car that I also have in my collection.
Keep up the great work!

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#10 posted 11-09-2009 07:16 PM

think I’ll have to work on upgrading my small Cars display to something along these lines. Awesome work, Scott!

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#11 posted 08-14-2013 12:10 PM

Hi, I love your display. Sure is a bit of inspiration for me. I have some old wood that I want to use for mine. Have been walking around the last couple of months pondering on it.
I also collect Hot Wheels and also other similar sized brands. I also have the Shell authentic Ferrari sets that was sold at Shell garages here by us but the are a bit bigger. I love older models and am a huge Ferrari fan. My collection is probably close to 150 models and I have been thinking of building a display case but have not finalized a design yet. Future expansion and compartment size is my problems, can’t decide on the final dimensions.
From what I can make out we have at least 1 of the same models, the blue truck with the surfboard.

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