Walnut display case

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Project by Sawdust4Blood posted 02-26-2010 03:56 AM 2102 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When a friend of mine left active flying, I built this walnut case to display his now retired military flying helmet. The wood was so nice that I finished it only with clear lacquer.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#1 posted 02-26-2010 04:06 AM

nice job on it….love walnut

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#2 posted 02-26-2010 04:17 AM

Great Lookin Case

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#3 posted 02-26-2010 04:21 AM

Walnut always looks nice. Great job on the joints and finish. That being said, can you provide some of the particulars on how it went together? I’m thinking of a smaller version to display a baseball and such.

-- Jsquared, Texas

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#4 posted 02-26-2010 06:18 AM

Very nice work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 02-26-2010 06:48 AM

great display case.. nice wood choice…

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#6 posted 02-26-2010 07:05 AM

Nice Nice Nice

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 02-26-2010 08:48 AM

Very nice, I bet your freind really liked it. Walnut is a most excellent wood. My mom’s favorite, I’m a cherry guy!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#8 posted 02-26-2010 01:25 PM

@jsquared: The sides are basically just four frames butt glued together. The top is rabbited and glued in place. The base is rabbited but not glued so that the glass casing can be lifted up over the item to be displayed. The one challenge I see in using this basic design for something as small as a baseball is that on such a small scale the side rails would start to look kind of chunky. It would be very difficult to diminish the thickness of the rails to make them proportional and still have enough material remaining to hold the single strength float glass I used. On the smaller scale, I might be tempted to structurally use plexiglass and apply the wood as trim.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#9 posted 02-26-2010 10:11 PM

looks good man

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA

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#10 posted 02-27-2010 01:09 AM

WOW. You got that kind of finish from just clear lacquer?? That’s impressive. Beautiful work, sir!

-- "The only thing that counts is faith, expressing itself in love." --Galatians 5:6

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#11 posted 03-24-2010 07:36 PM

that’s a great case. I could use these for some autographed footballs one of my family members collects.

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#12 posted 07-31-2013 10:42 PM

Lookin goooood. I love using a clear finish to see the woods natural beatuiful grain. Don’t forget to sign it.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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