LEGO Mini-Fig display with walk-away shelves

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Project by billculpepper posted 07-13-2012 09:10 PM 4911 views 15 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 07-13-2012 09:41 PM

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

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 07-14-2012 11:03 AM


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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#3 posted 07-14-2012 11:11 AM

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 07-14-2012 11:39 AM

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 07-14-2012 11:55 AM

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 07-14-2012 02:07 PM

great idea!

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

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#7 posted 07-14-2012 04:03 PM

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 07-14-2012 08:32 PM

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 07-14-2012 08:46 PM

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 07-14-2012 09:24 PM

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 07-16-2012 12:28 PM

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

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#12 posted 07-16-2012 01:55 PM

Very Cool !!!!

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

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#13 posted 11-03-2012 05:07 AM

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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#14 posted 11-26-2012 07:21 PM

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

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