Collectable Display

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Project by wuddoc posted 03-23-2008 04:50 AM 1977 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been collecting lanterns for decades and wanted to display them in a unique way so not only could the lanterns front and sides be visible but also the back. At the same time I did not want a traditional shelf system. The shelves started out as 8/4 teak. Using a model from a 2×10 the front bottom edge and both ends were rounded so the appearance would not be a block of wood sticking out from the wall. Once the rounded front shape looked right a template was created of that shape and used as a go-no go gage for the teak. I learned that when you scribe a mirror on the back side and bend it forward the mirror face breaks in a jagged series of shapes. The heights correspond to the height of the individual lanterns as I did not want a traditional rectangle of mirror behind.

The small nails in the top surface of each shelf are actually nickel escutcheon pins and keep the lanterns from sliding off along with being a decorative contrasting design against the teak. The shelves are 1/’2” off the wall and are attached to the wall studs. I used threaded metal stud where one end is a screw thread to attach to the wall stud while the other end is a machine thread that slid into the shelf and was epoxied.

-- Wuddoc

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#1 posted 03-23-2008 04:52 AM

those are some nice shelves. i like the curves in the back. thats quite a large lantern collection too. great job!

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#2 posted 03-23-2008 04:55 AM

Cool. Love the glass. Also nice lantern collection.

-- Tyler, Illinois

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#3 posted 03-23-2008 05:01 AM

Wow. Nice collection of lanterns. The backs look great.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#4 posted 03-23-2008 05:07 AM

These are beautiful. The use of mirrors in this fashion is a very novel idea. The nickel pins not only add a visual interest to the shelves but are very practical as well.

Nicely done.

By the way what about the clock? I assume that post on this is coming?

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 03-23-2008 05:32 AM

Thanks everyone for the comments.

Scott sorry no post on the clock as it is a purchased item. Most of my furniture is Scandinavian designed and manufactured in one of the Scandinavian countries or Southeast Asia. In my trips I stumble across these items and then go to the local Scan store in Memphis ,TN and describe what I have seen. They have been very good in locating these items for me. Sometimes I have had to wait up to a year but I am patient.

-- Wuddoc

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#6 posted 03-23-2008 06:43 AM

Wuddoc you are a true craftsman – my hat is off to you. Your home must be very comfortable and surely reflects your exquisite taste in wood.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 03-23-2008 07:21 AM

Nice collection! Great job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 03-23-2008 11:42 AM

That is quite a collection. Your shelves are a very nice way to display them.

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