|Project by Robb||posted 08-21-2007 02:44 AM||2235 views||2 times favorited||17 comments|
A friend of mine from work asked me in October if I could build him a small display case for his wife for Christmas. “Sure!” I said, figuring in that time frame it would be no problem, even with other things to work on. He finally got me the materials and dimensions a week before he was to leave on Christmas vacation. Hmm…no pressure! He really wasn’t expecting me to finish it at that point, but I really wanted to get it done, since it was a surprise gift.
The story behind the box: they travel quite a bit, and everyplace they go, my friend’s wife picks up a native stone to bring home. Until the box, they had resided on their dresser. There was a dual purpose at work in this gift, if you know what I mean!
My friend had built a good portion of his house, and had some oak left over from doing some of the trim work. He wanted to use one of these boards, both to get it out of his barn and to match the existing trim. He also had gotten the stain to match, which made it a lot easier to finish in that amount of time.
It was a fun small project to work on. The trickiest part was making a frame for the glass front, and attaching the glass. I mean to ask him this year if the frame is still holding it’s shape; I was a little uneasy about the weight causing it to bow over time. I used hot melt adhesive in addition to the glazier’s points in an attempt to have the glass give the frame some extra stiffness.
The bottom is covered in a soft felt fabric, glued on with spray adhesive.
Any thoughts from all of you on better construction for the door / front or general tips would be welcome!