Oak Wall Display Cabinet

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Project by FJPetruso posted 05-18-2011 02:12 AM 1918 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m finally posting a project that I made a few years ago for my wife. At the time she was actively collecting Precious Moments figurines. She wanted a case to display only the figurines that I purchased for her to display in our bedroom.

For this display cabinet I used 3/4” Oak & 1/4” oak for shelves. I measured the figurines tallest height & planned for a cabinet that would have three shelves for display. Then I ripped & routed some molding for the rails & stiles with a cove & a groove for the glass. I used miters for the door frame & glued & screwed it together from top & bottom so the screws wouldn’t show. (I didn’t plug any screw holes because the cabinet was to be mounted at eye level & the screws wouldn’t be seen.) Then I made the frame with a top & bottom that also has a cove molded into the front & side edges. The top & bottom were also attached from the top & bottom so the screws wouldn’t show. The top bottom & sided were given a 1/4” deep rebate for an Oak Plywood back. Before assembling, I made a simple jig to space the adjustable shelf holes & used 1/4” pegs for shelf supports. The hinges & magnetic catch were added to the door & the door was installed. I used a thicker shelf for the bottom so the figurines could be fully seen when the door is closed. (See Photos) All the wood was stained with Minwax Golden Oak Stain & sealed with a satin poly coat. The wife was happy for a while again.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#1 posted 05-18-2011 12:55 PM

Frank ~ If I’m ever able to get a table saw I would like to try something like this… maybe on a larger scale. Each year for our anniversary I give to my wife a miniature rocking chair. For now they just sit on the dresser but it would be nice to display them like this and keep the dust off.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#2 posted 05-19-2011 01:40 AM

Search through Home Depot’s pine lumber for some clear boards & use that. I’ve made some real nice furniture out of pine. Or you might try getting some of that smooth finished oak boards from the BORG (Home Depot). It’ll cost a bit more & take a bit longer, but if the project isn’t too big & you can use a hand saw accurately, you can use some hand tools to get a cabinet made. Remember: “If Mammy ain’t Happy… NOBODY’S Happy!”

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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