|Project by Teufelhunden||posted 02-05-2012 12:40 AM||2573 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
I built a coin display similar to this when I first began woodworking. There were a lot of things that I did with that project that I didn’t like knowing what I know now such as using butt joints for the coin rows, not drilling pilot holes for the hinge screws, and not knowing how to use a router period. So I decided about a month ago to re-do the same project with the new improvements that I had in my head and new skills I had acquirred over the last several months.
On the original box I did not use a mirror for the background. My new improvement was to use one so I could see the back of the coins once placed in the box. I bought a mirror from Walmart, ripped off the decorative frame and just used the mirror. This saved me a couple of dollars. I then built the box based on the dimensions of the mirror. The box ended up being 17×21”.
Knowing how to use a router now, I put chamfers where the door meets the box as well as the door inner frame. I also put v grooves on every coin plank instead of the wood just being plain. I rabbetted 1/4” deep grooves for each plank which was 3/4” thick instead of butt jointing them to make it considerably stronger and secure. Instead of just shooting nails on each miter I went further this time by putting screws on each joint and then plugging the holes with 3/8” end grain oak plugs.
I purchased the decorative hinges and knob at my local hardware store. I had no issues putting them on due to knowing that I needed to drill holes for the screws instead of trying to force them into the wood without a hole. I had the challenge of the screw sticking out on the inside of the door creating a gap between the door and box. So I decided to drill a recessed 3/8” hole on the box and then take it a step further by drilling another hole in that to fit a small magnet to keep the door secured when hanging on a wall.
I stained this red oak and then finished it with my own homemade varnish.
I am really happy with this project and I think that it shows my improvement as a wood worker in a short period of time. Who ever receives this will be very happy if I dont keep it for myself! Thanks for looking!