LEGO Mini-Fig display with walk-away shelves

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Project by billculpepper posted 643 days ago 2582 views 13 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a display case that was commissioned by one of my most important clients (my son), and at the request of the rest of my families feet that kept stepping on LEGO pieces.

This is a purpleheart and Oak shelving/display unit for LEGO miniature figures (in LEGO speak, that’s “minifig”).

Bought 10”x10” LEGO plates (same as used for the earlier tray posting) and cut them into strips on the band saw. Mortise with router and then chisel corners.

NOTE: I used a thin application of gorilla glue since the bottom of the plates were not flat and that glue expands. The glue still squeezed out over time from the LEGO flooring and it took as much time to remove that squeeze out as it did to make the case! Live and learn…next time, using CA glue or whatever you fine Lumberjocks recommend.

Son likes to be able to remove a single row with minifigs from a specific set to go play with them, and the display case works because HE PUTS THEM BACK! VICTORY!

Thanks for looking.

-- Bill Culpepper, Indiana

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#1 posted 642 days ago

I was a Lego freak when I was a kid, so my inner child strongly approves.

-- Brian in Arlington, TX

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#2 posted 642 days ago


What a Great ‘Lego’rganizer Display, and a fine collection ‘minifigs’

May the Minifig Force be with You. – Grandpa Len :-)

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 642 days ago

That is a great Lego organiser

& foot saver LoL

They can be sharp on bare feet.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 642 days ago

What a fabulous design. Is it your own plan? I am betting you could sell a bundle of these if you could tap into the the parental injury market. And definitely stick with GrandpaLen’s suggested name!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#5 posted 642 days ago

Looks great!

I find that contact cement also works great for sticking wood to plastic or fabric or non-load-bearing metal.

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#6 posted 642 days ago

great idea!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 642 days ago

LOL, that’s my life! I’m so tired of picking them up I’d rather throw them away. Such a nifty idea. Nicely done.

-- _Never argue with an idiot. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience_

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#8 posted 642 days ago

Double sided tape might be an alternative. Nice build. My kids have lets say more than a few lego pieces, that get under foot

-- Norman

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#9 posted 642 days ago

Nice, fantastic idea will have to make one for my grandkid, alway stepping on the little buggers.

-- --May you have fair winds and following seas--

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#10 posted 642 days ago

Nice. I have to show this to my son.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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#11 posted 640 days ago

that is really cool and a great way to display those pieces. Very creative

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#12 posted 640 days ago

Very Cool !!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#13 posted 530 days ago

I built a lego top for the kids toy box. It has 6 of the 10×10 plates. I used 3m adhesive spray to hold those plates down. So far no problems. I used the same glue for sticking foam to wood when making poker table rails. Strong stuff and no clean up.

I love your shelf. I’ll be stealing your design. :)

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Ethan Harris

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#14 posted 507 days ago

having grown up constructing with legos and such, I can really appreciate this.

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at & also follow me on twitter

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