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My neighbor needed a case for a hand puppet her husband brought back from Thailand that came with a case, albeit a cheesey one, that broke during shipment…had some black walnut scraps so I thought awhile on how to hold the glass in place (slots cut with table saw) and how to build the top up to give it an oriental look without it being too heavy (used lap joints and made open squares). Vertical supports sit in hand-cut mortises in the top and bottom, attached at the bottom only. Finish is Danish Oil with glass on 3 sides and a mirror in the back.

-- Jim

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#1 posted 12-05-2007 10:45 AM

Outstanding! I really like the display case. Nice joinery and crisp design. Well done.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 12-05-2007 12:05 PM

I like the Asian influence of the top. Well executed.

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#3 posted 12-05-2007 12:53 PM

nicely done… you achieved your goal for sure.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 12-05-2007 01:32 PM

Looks perfect for the puppet! Great job Jim.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#5 posted 12-05-2007 03:42 PM

Well done, and very appropriate for the subject.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 12-05-2007 07:52 PM

Really nice, Jim!

Just curious…. did you leave a provision for it to come apart if the the glass ever needs to be replaced due to breakage?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 12-05-2007 10:36 PM

Classy looking case!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#8 posted 12-06-2007 12:12 AM

Well done Jim. It does have an oriental flair.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 12-06-2007 01:48 AM

Great work Jim. I’m wondering, like Charlie, about the glass. It kinda looks like the glass slides down into grooves. Regardless, a wonderful piece and thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#10 posted 12-07-2007 09:07 AM

Charlie & Chip – Apologize for the delay, work and life has been hectic. The entire top lifts off so that the doll can be removed and/or replace the glass or mirror. The top of the vertical pieces are “free floating” on top – the glass/mirror are in 3/8-inch grooves on all four sides.

-- Jim

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#11 posted 04-13-2009 12:42 AM

Very well done, not over done. I like the mirror, it adds depth.

-- Willy Wally's Wood Stuff

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