New portable display

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Project by Brady posted 01-16-2017 02:46 AM 1095 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since the beginning of the year, we have been modifying our market display and building all the components from the ground up. Since we’ve been regular vendors at markets and shows here in Texas, we have acquired a very diverse display and every weekend it feels like we are moving the entire house. Every week the truck is full of dozens of boxes of soaps, lotions, pens, razors and loose cutting boards all destined for the show of the day. Set up also is a huge effort as all this stuff needs to be moved, unpacked, setup and then torn down, packed and moved again.

So the requirements for our setup for this year are that all the pieces MUST be on wheels and fit in our new trailer (yay!). Ideally, each piece would also store the inventory for the market and be part of the display. No more folding tables or dozens of shoe boxes to be shoved under the tables.

This is the first fully completed piece. Inspired in part by a vintage parts trolley, this piece fits all the requirements. For my wife’s display, I intend that this is the only piece that will have to go inside the house for restocking. There is plenty of room for her soaps, lotions and other stuff that she makes. However, I bet that she fills it in no time and we will still have the occasional box.

It is made from red oak as that is one of the least expensive decent woods available at the lumber yard here. I’m not complaining about that because I love to work with oak for furniture and cabinets. The top two drawers were found by shopping around the house. We bought these a few years ago at the semi-annual antiques festival in Round Top, Texas and shoved them in a closet. Imagine my surprise when I ran across these treasures that fit perfect in the space. The top drawers are salvage from what appears to be a fire. They are marked “Bodine Electric Co. Chicago, IL”. They might be fire damaged but add a lot of character to the piece.

This was truly a fun project to work on. It has been a long time since I have worked on a furniture piece. The best part is that it gave me a reason to buy a Festool Domino! I love that thing! Oh, the “decoration” piece by the wheel on the bottom in picture 2 was to cover up where I cut the mortise all the way through when cutting for my wheel support. Don’t tell my wife – she thinks its decoration.

The finish is Minwax English Chestnut stain followed by a couple of coatings of tung oil. I didn’t want to use polyurethane as this piece will be constantly bombarded by UV rays from being outside on the weekends. That and a tung oil finish makes any anticipated repairs much easier.

Thanks for reading. Comments, questions and critiques most welcome. And thank you all for sharing your projects as well. I may not comment much, but I do look at a bunch of new projects almost every day.


-- Brady, Texas,

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#1 posted 01-18-2017 07:34 AM

Interesting idea, and I like the look of the top drawers. Do you keep the products in the drawers or just display on top?

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#2 posted 01-18-2017 02:22 PM

The plan is to use ladder shelves to the left and right and keep the top of this reserved for lotion and oil testers as well as a few odds and ends. The drawers will be used for inventory. However, once we get to our first setup using the new display, the plan is likely to change.


-- Brady, Texas,

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#3 posted 01-21-2017 06:54 AM

Thanks Brady. I like the idea and want to adapt it for my Wife’s antiques and collectibles instead of using plastic bins.


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