|Project by JohnMcClure||posted 04-17-2017 04:52 PM||583 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
I was asked to find a way to display one of those huge trophy belts, like wrestlers get. I was totally free to make all design choices, so I stuck a nail in the wall, hung it, and said “There ya go!”
I decided to use my new lock-miter bit and make a glass-front shadowbox. The case is 54”x14”, about 3.5” deep, made from red oak, with 1/4” plate glass sitting in a dado. Front edges have a 1/4” roundover. The backer board is screwed (removable) into a rabbet.
The backer material looks like canvas. What is it? The rough side of HD hardboard, painted white with Kilz primer! I discovered this by accident. I’d never suspected the unfinished side of the panel could ever be seen – it’s hideous! But put white paint on it, and it looks like a loose-weave coarse cloth.
I really like the lock-miter, and while it is tough to set up, it really goes together well – and I think it looks attractive too!
With a lot of trial and error on sample pieces, and mixing up various stain colors, I successfully matched the existing furniture in the office. Afterwards I learned that some of the original stain (from the custom carpentry in the office) was left over in the janitor’s closet… Guess I’ll use it next time.
One drawback of the lock-miter, is that you have to clamp in the long direction.
My favorite part of this project is the lock-mitered corners. But the recipient has no idea… and probably couldn’t care less. But I suppose if I had left end grain showing, and used pocket holes, maybe he wouldn’t have liked it as much. I’ll never know!