Oak “Octagon” Glass Case

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Project by woodpezzer posted 05-22-2012 06:10 AM 1934 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this glass display case a few years back specifically to hold a bunch of movie props. I wanted something you could see into from all sides and came up with this design. It would have been much easier to build it with the octagon on top and bottom as opposed to front and back but where’s the fun in that? LOL. It is made from Oak, Purple Heart and lotz of glass. The access doors, matching the front, are split vertically into two large panes in the back. I suppose this isn’t a “regular” octagon since the “sides” vary in length.

The case is about 41H X 46W X 32D and is on wheels.. thankfully! The bottom is mirrored and the single glass shelf is roughly 44W X 27D. Glass is ¼ thick. Installing the glass was pretty scary. The front and sides had to go in first so I had to lie down inside the case and have the center shelf handed to me through the back then carefully ease it onto the support pins. You wouldn’t believe how heavy that glass is!

For such a large case, it didn’t hold much—Hindsight and all that. I was so excited to have the glass installed that I forgot to take “finished” pictures before putting things inside. LOL. Anyhoo.. thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 05-22-2012 07:02 AM

i like when things are done in a different way, nice work with this! i think the shape alone would draw people over to look at the items on display :)

-- Spofeo/Kristian

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#2 posted 05-22-2012 07:05 AM

Totally agree with Spofeo… The presentation and carpentry draw me to more items than what is in them. A great looking case will do that for a lot of people. Love the unique design.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic.... :)

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#3 posted 05-22-2012 10:11 AM

Very nice design and build. Beautifully done piece and a definite eye-catcher.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 05-22-2012 01:39 PM

Definitely a different case. Your joinery skills are excellent, the wood seems too thin to be able to hold that
much glass securely and this less is more definitely shows your craftsmanship as well as design ability. Thank
you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 05-22-2012 04:08 PM

Wow…..........GREAT project. It looks super and it is so unique!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 05-23-2012 06:15 AM

Spofeo, and TomTinkerSum and jaykaypur: It definitely gets a lot of attention from visitors. I probably should have removed the stuff and taken new pics with just the case. Next time.. that’s the plan. Thanks so much!

Bluepine38: Thank you! It was a risk for sure but if you jump up and down on something (before inserting glass) and it doesn’t snap in two there’s a pretty good chance it’ll hold up! JK..

Jim Jakosh: Hey there! You are awesome.. much thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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