Glass Panel Display Cabinet

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Project by Alan Maude posted 03-29-2013 11:36 PM 2174 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a glass panel display cabinet I built based on plans from The cabinet is made out of red oak with oak plywood for the top, bottom, back and side panels. This was a challenging project. I had to stop and make a cross cut sled in the middle of my work. Everything had to be perfectly square in order to get the glass panels fit and the doors to hang correctly. I used LED lights and 3/8 glass shelves for the inner display case. The glass in the case was all made by my son at his summer camp. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 03-30-2013 02:07 AM

Do you just want attaboys or an honest critique?

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#2 posted 03-30-2013 02:40 AM

If you have an honest critique you should post it. I spent a lot of time building this I know its not perfect, however, I believe it is worthy of a post.

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#3 posted 03-30-2013 06:00 AM

Given that of the three pictures you posted, one was of a less than perfect miter, I can only assume you meant for us to see where you feel you could have done better. I can confidently say that you’ve got more guts than me! Overall it looks great, and since it’s in your house it was a learning experience at worst. And I’ll bet you a beer your next one will look better. You don’t want to see the last cabinet I made… :)

-- He who laughs last, thinks slowest.

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#4 posted 03-30-2013 06:41 AM

Alan, everyone here learns from their projects. And we all have failed and produced a lot scrap. Like the time I filled my shop with plywood triangle trying to figure out the roof for a gazebo. I looked at your file cabinet and display case. Excellent early work! Salute you for taking on challenging projects. Keep going, keep growing, damn the torpedoes!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#5 posted 03-30-2013 11:50 AM

Alan, I stopped to look at this project because I liked it from the thumbnail. It is nicely proportioned, and a nice design, but it could have been better if the miters were a better fit, the panel on the bottom looks unevenly stained and you didn’t drive home the pins on the molding. It is worthy of a post and believe me, I am not trying to mock your efforts, I can see you spent a lot of time on this and you should be applauded for it, but it’s the little things that make the difference between a job being ok and a job being great.

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#6 posted 04-01-2013 01:32 PM

I really like this design and the wood choice. I’ve been searching my local kijiji and craigslist for a nice curio stand but find they’re mostly too wide or too tall or just really tacky 1980s blonde oak. Seconding what Delayne says above, about pushing yourself with challenging projects like this. A lot of highly praised work posted in projects doesn’t require a 10th of the joinery, planning and time that this cabinet required.

Next time, do what everybody else does…don’t shoot closeups of your flaws.

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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#7 posted 04-07-2013 01:23 AM

Tell you what, MY work requires putty and layers of PAINT to make it tolerably presentable, so I’m not EVEN gonna criticize. Personally, I consider every project a learning experience, and hope that I DO learn. And, as a follow-on to what bonobo noted, I generally take photos from a “respectful” distance…. hehe

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#8 posted 06-06-2013 09:04 AM

Excellent work.There are various different furniture which actually makes your room complete. A display cabinet is one of them.i like glass display cabinet.An advantage of the glass cabinet is that it is made of hard wood. This means that it is very durable and long lasting.

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