Baseball display case

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Project by SawdustSeamhead posted 01-07-2013 07:15 AM 1334 views 3 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

My rookie debut. This is my first project-about five years ago. After watching a handful of New Yankee Workshop episodes, and memorizing as many woodworking terms as I could (that way I could at least sound like I knew what I was doing in case it didn’t look that way), I made this very simple display case for a few of my signed memorabilia. The end result is functional, but honestly nothing special to look at. Nonetheless, being my first project, I will likely always have it around, and will have my memories and lessons learned from it.

I quickly recognized the value of a workbench, ANY workbench, while I was building this thing on the concrete steps in front of our apartment! The case is just made from some 1x pine, and 1/4 oak ply. I rabbeted a slot just behind the face frame, which holds a piece of lexan for the front of the case. The finish didn’t turn out well, but that was my fault for not reading the instructions on the can. A few coats of Minwax 2-in-1, but failed to put on any pre-conditioner. The end result is OK, not as blotchy as one might think, but was a good lesson to use pre-conditioner on pine, etc, from then on. You can see some blotchiness on the side, resulting from not cleaning up glue squeeze-out right away. Oh well, ‘good from far, but far from good!’

-- Jarred K.

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#1 posted 01-07-2013 03:08 PM

Looks a helluva alot better than my first project (circa 1984). I built a cabinet out of ACX plywood using only a radial arm saw and nails (yes, nails). Thanks goodness no record of that thing exists. Good start!

-- Ron, Montana

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