Crystal Display Cabinet

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Project by Don posted 02-21-2007 08:05 AM 8877 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Viewing Krum’s easel where she showed the ‘French Connector’, I was reminded of one of my early projected, actually my second. My wife is into nicknacks. She never has enough display space and asked me to make a wall-hung cabinet that matched the existing wood trim in our living room. It’s the only painted woodworking project I’ve made; well, I guess it’s woodworking even though it was made mostly from MDF. And although it satisfied her requirements, it’s a project that I’ve never really liked. I guess if it had been wood, it would have been a more satisfying project to make.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#1 posted 02-21-2007 12:36 PM

Hi Don;
—-I like this one….

Actually I used to do a lot of MDF work for customers in the remodeling of living rooms and dinning rooms where the customer wanted the painted look. MDF, very stable—-ha!; with all that glue in it how could it ever move, handles paint and wears good and I have found that it is very workable. I have made bookcases, cabinets and library systems out of this one, never did entertainment systems…makes great painted boxs as all the above bear witness too. One side note is that I would always make some small box out of the MDF and present at the end of the job to go along with the bigger box….good customer relations and the lady of the house always liked the extra touch. The only problem with MDF is the Lowes and Home Depots came along and then why say more as we all know the rest of that story…..

White paint….MDF….go together as very sharp to which your display cabinet bears witness to….great work!!! I’m glad your wife loved it.

-- --frank, NH,

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#2 posted 02-21-2007 04:49 PM

The stuff weighs too much for me. I can’t get the stuff off the pile and onto the cart, let alone fight with it by myself at the shop. I’d rather tackle 3/4 birch plywood.

Don, it looks good and if she’s happy that’s the bottom line.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#3 posted 02-21-2007 05:10 PM

Hey glad to see it reminded you of a project. I think it’s beautiful! Where did you get the glass shelf? Darryl made my wall project but they wanted a fortune for the glass! So I haven’t bought it to finish it. Heartattack time! I was hoping Lowes would have it but I have to call first as it’s 45 min away. Thanks for sharing your project!

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#4 posted 02-21-2007 06:06 PM

Nice cabinet Don.
I know what you mean, natural wood is the way to go. Even if it’s old barn wood.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 02-21-2007 09:58 PM

very pretty Don. A wonderful use for your talents.

I built three wall displays similar to this last year in Walnut, but I have never gotten any good photos of them. You photography work is also much better than mine.

good work,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#6 posted 02-21-2007 10:09 PM

What a sharp looking project. Clean and tasteful Most of what I do is very dark and dreary (mission) so this is refreshing. Nice job.


-- Dusty

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#7 posted 02-21-2007 11:30 PM

I find white shows everything and one thing it shows me is good craftsmanship.

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#8 posted 02-22-2007 01:29 AM

Thanks for the encouraging comments – I always thought it looked like a medicine cabinet hanging in a living room.

Quote Krum: ”Where did you get the glass shelf?”

I purchased the glass from a glass merchant. The back of the cabinet is mirrored. The three shelves have rounded edges, and the glass in the door is beveled. I can’t remember the cost for this, but I don’t think that it was unreasonable.

Perhaps I should have pointed out that the carcase is edged in Vic Ash so that the door hinges had something substantial to hold onto. I biscuit joined the edging. The carcase joints are butt joints also with biscuits. The door frame is Vic Ash. The crown molding is something I made up using a couple of router bits. I also added some detail on the door frame by routing a cove on the inside of the frame next to the beveled glass. I used a deep dish router bit to create a ‘raised panel’ effect on the two sides of the carcase.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#9 posted 02-22-2007 03:23 AM

Very Nice Don. Your wife hasn’t asked you to make another piece to go under it an fill up the space to the floor?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#10 posted 02-22-2007 03:32 AM

Karson, hush, she might hear you!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#11 posted 02-24-2007 03:58 PM

Hey Don, Very nice, of course I have yet to see a piece you’ve done that has’nt been very nice. Keep up the exellent work we all are better for it. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 04-08-2007 10:46 PM

This is just beautiful to me, it doesn’t remind me of a medicine cabinet at all. I have the same problem as your wife, I collect frogs and a few other things and don’t know how to display them since I really don’t have a good way to do it. This would look great in my home. I sure like this much better than a floor display cabinet.


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#13 posted 04-08-2007 11:19 PM


Nice cabinet, nice work, very clean and professional looking. Pretty neat about stacking up router made moulding for crown. Heck, I thought I invented that – guess not. Mirrored backs are a jewelery display trick that is very effective – makes it look like twice the collection. Did you put any lighting in it?

I made a couple of crystal display cabinets for an existing wall system I made for the wife a few years ago. Initially it was just open shelving on the upper section. Then she got hooked on Swarovski crystal and we started to collect. So, naturally had to have a display area. So I made a display case to slide in an existing opening. Then, as the collection grew, had to make another.

I’ll post pics as soon as my batteries charge and I get motivated. Didn’t want to hijack your thread.

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#14 posted 04-08-2007 11:29 PM

Diane, thanks for your comments. I guess it’s a female thing – my wife is my only client (I don’t do commissioned work for anyone else. LOL)

CM, go ahead and post your pic in this thread if you want – I’d like to see it.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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