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Project by 4thumbs posted 10-29-2010 04:22 PM 2306 views 8 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got tired of dusting all the little trinkets sitting around the house that were precious to my mom, so put some old walnut to use. Constructed with pocket hole, half-lap and dowel joinery. Finished with oil/varnish sanded in then waxed, lighting is LED units from the orange store. Used ¼” glass for sides & doors and 3/8” glass for shelves; that may have been overkill, but I don’t want to deal with broken glass. I was amazed at the price of glass these days so dispensed with the idea of using beveled glass on the doors. The entire unit is 40” high, 34” wide and 11” deep. Thanks for looking…

-- 4thumbs in MO

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#1 posted 10-29-2010 04:32 PM

Very, very nice. I think I’ve mentioned this before…I love walnut…. I like the exposed half-lap end grain next to the door. Nice touch.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#2 posted 10-29-2010 04:43 PM

Thumbs, that is a mighty fine looking piece of furniture. You should be proud of it. That old walnut really looks really good. Nice job on the finish. Your mom would be proud to have her “trinkets” exhibited in this display case!

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#3 posted 10-29-2010 04:51 PM

That turned out just fantastic! Me really likes it! Are overlapping joints strong enough for heavy stuff to store in?I plan to make a cabinet with two shelves and raised panel doors and sides.

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#4 posted 10-29-2010 05:00 PM

Love the wood, love the style. Nice work. Also hate dusting!

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#5 posted 10-29-2010 07:58 PM

yes, the price of glass not bought wholesale is ridiculous. your work is very nice though – which parts are pocket hole and dowel?

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#6 posted 10-29-2010 09:03 PM

What is dusting? Ha ha. Anything walnut makes a beautiful piece.

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#7 posted 10-29-2010 10:25 PM

That’s a beauty. I’d make more display cases, because they are so great, but I can’t afford the glass. Always a great project,nice piece of furniture….................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#8 posted 10-29-2010 10:47 PM

What a terrific piece of woodworking. Clean lines, terrific craftsmanship… just beautiful. That’s a great walnut board on the top too… and 11” wide… sweet.

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

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#9 posted 10-29-2010 10:53 PM

Nice job. Looks like it will do the deed as intended. Bravo.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#10 posted 10-29-2010 11:25 PM

Beautiful craftsmanship on this. I like all the others love walnut. :) Down with Dusting!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#11 posted 10-30-2010 02:19 AM

Beautiful showcase !!
What is supporting the glass over its 34” width ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#12 posted 10-30-2010 04:50 AM

I find the scale and proportions of this piece unique. A simple, yet beefy look that I find quite interesting. Really nice job.

-- Jim

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#13 posted 10-30-2010 12:40 PM

Many thanks to all for your reassuring comments!!
Gul – I find half lap joints to be plenty strong in this application (case sides); lots of glue surface.
AaronK – door frames: dowels; base is all pocket holes & carcass is pocket holes, hidden by the top and base so that no pockets are visible in the finished piece.
Dusty56 – I’m counting on the 3/8” glass in the shelves; there is no support between the sides. I know that 3/8” glass over an even larger span can take more weight than the memorabilia and I can find no voids in the glass, so trust that it will hold.

-- 4thumbs in MO

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#14 posted 10-30-2010 01:04 PM

That’s a great display case and you’ve done a very good job on it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 10-30-2010 03:22 PM

thanks for the info. out of curiosity, since you were already set up for half laps, why didn’t you use them for the door frames? wood shortage?

also, the glass should be good, but a thing to keep in mind abotu glass, and all brittle solids, is that failure initiates at flaws and cracks. For cut glass this often shows up in the edge treatment, and edges that have been smoothed very well result in much “stronger” sheets of glass than those with rougher edge treatments. it’s hard to tell from the pics, but as long as that edge has been ground or melted smooth, you should be totally fine.

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