Display Case with Shelves

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Project by Jero posted 04-15-2011 08:21 PM 1743 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A display case. Made entirely out of white oak that a fellow co-worker “gave” to me, as long as I made him something out of some of it. Shelves are through-mortised, through the sides. Rear uprights are screwed to shelves. Inspiration came from the craftsman case that was shown on FWW’s front cover a few months ago. The finish is 3 coats of lacquer, brushed on and sanded between coats. First time using lacquer, and it turned out really well. Easy to apply and no runs, extremely smooth.

-- Jeremy - Marshfield, WI

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#1 posted 04-15-2011 09:23 PM

Looks great! The finish is really nice as well. I’ve never tried brushing lacquer, but I think you have inspired me to put it on my to-do list.

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

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#2 posted 04-16-2011 01:05 AM

Nice job, Jeremy. Looks true to the Arts & Crafts style. I’ll second what Charlie said about the lacquer. I don’t have the set up for spraying it, but have been curious about the brush on. Guess I’ll have to move it up on my list. Thanks for the post.

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#3 posted 04-16-2011 02:44 AM

Very, very nice. The tenons add a touch of class. I must say though, your helper looks either bored or really tired;-)).

-- One of these hammers oughta fix that...

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#4 posted 04-16-2011 04:46 PM

Great job, nice work!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 04-21-2011 11:54 PM

When you glue something up like this, do you do both sides and all shelves at once or one side at a time? I just got finished gluing up a cabinet with a few dadoed shelves and it was a disaster because my glue up strategy…..well I didn’t have one.

How are the rear uprights attached to the sides?

Great looking display case.

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#6 posted 04-22-2011 02:50 PM

I laid one side down on my bench, put glue on the tennons and dadoes on each shelf, on each side, and inserted the shelves on the upright that was laying flat on the bench. Then, put the other upright on top of that. I then laid it on it’s back on a couple of spacers to lift it off the bench to allow room for clamps. Ahead of that I had made cauls that had an area cut out for the thru-tennons, so I could clamp on each side of each shelf and distribute the pressure evenly. 6 Cauls, 3 per side and 6 total clamps, 3 per side. Now on my dry-fit everything was perfectly square, but once all the glue and clamps were applied, it was slightly off square…which I attempted to fix, but in the end I couldnt get it 100% square. Ultimately it does sit flat on the floor, and the minor amount it was off is not noticable. If I had to do it again, I’d make some 90 degree wooden jigs to help ensure everything stayed square while gluing. Clamp them to the sides and to at least one of the shselves on each side, that would have helped a lot.

I screwed each rear upright to each shelf, from underneath, and then used pocket screws to attach to the sides, which will help hold it together. If the back was going to be visible I wouldnt have done that, but it’s going up against a wall.

-- Jeremy - Marshfield, WI

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