Custom Case for Witches Hat Wizard of Oz!

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Project by Brian Brace Fine Furniture Maker posted 07-29-2012 03:16 PM 2056 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a crazy fun and hard job. I was contacted by a private collector that said that they knew that I was a furnituremaker but,was wondering I could build the a display case for a few items. I wrote him back that morning and said I would have to look and see what he was looking for. If he would like to let me know more of what he was looking at I would see if I could help him. I then went to work that Saturday morning to do the open studio I was having and my wife came in and said the guy had wrote back and had some movie pieces like the witches hat!! I said WHAT DO YOU NEED SIR!!! The case is built out of Cherry that has been stained with a hand rubbed oil finish, museum glass all around ,and LED lighting up top with a lock on the door that was built to look like the frame. All of the crown was built by me on the table saw.
Brian Brace
Furniture maker

-- Brian Brace Fine Furniture Maker,Blk Mt NC

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#1 posted 07-29-2012 04:10 PM

What a wonderful oppurtunity, I gather that is the original hat?
A great job too with simple but neat design elements.

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#2 posted 07-29-2012 04:54 PM

The case is subtle and does not compete with what is displayed. Good job.

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#3 posted 07-29-2012 05:37 PM

Nice work! I like the clean design and warm color of the finish.

I have been wanting to build a display cabinet for quite some time now to house the products of my other hobby, building plastic model airplanes, but that is the sort of project that is way out of my comfort zone. Could you help me with a few questions?

What is “museum glass”, and is it necessary for a display cabinet? I was thinking of using tempered glass for both the cabinet and the shelves—would that be adequate?

Are the glass “walls” of the cabinet set into rabbets cut into the framing members and then held in place by screwed in, removable strips of wood? I’m thinking that would be desirable in case the glass “walls” ever get broken—does that make sense?

Thanks for any advice!


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#4 posted 07-29-2012 05:40 PM

Good looking case, strange request !

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#5 posted 07-29-2012 07:27 PM

Very nice case,Brian!!.................Jim

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#6 posted 07-29-2012 07:28 PM

Really nice job. There is the difference between me and my wife, I look the woodworking and she would be going gaga over the hat. Real big fan of the movie. But great job on the case

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

#7 posted 07-30-2012 02:09 AM

Thanks everyone. A fun but stressful job that i am glad to be looking at the picture now. I did this job last march(2011) and just got photos from the client last week. I did get to hold the hat but the holder was not made when I delivered the cases so I could not take my own pictures with the hat in it.

-- Brian Brace Fine Furniture Maker,Blk Mt NC

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#8 posted 08-10-2012 02:51 PM

Very cool case. Nice job on the crown.

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