My only shot at a place in history

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Project by LeTurbo posted 07-17-2014 02:05 AM 2235 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’ll have to be in a museum. I just felt like making something really old-fashioned. But there was another thought too: whenever I go into antique shops, they have a display cabinet with a sign that says, “Not for Sale”. By my reasoning, that means they’re asked for these quite a lot.

Most of it was done by hand – I just used the table saw to cut slots for the glass and to do the cove on the pediment. Oh, and the bandsaw for the base. Otherwise, it was a delight of hand saws, hand planes, chisels and spokeshaves. Even my Dad’s old egg-beater drill (there’s nothing to beat it at 2mm pilot holes for finicky brass screws).

The wood is just plain old meranti, or Philipine mahogany. Not even the best quality at that, but the thing I love about woodworking is that it’s possible to make a silk purse from a sow’s ear.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 07-17-2014 02:11 AM

Nicely done! If my wife sees this, my honey-do list is gunna get bigger, again.

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#2 posted 07-17-2014 03:38 AM

This is really a nice display cabinet. What type of joints did you use to connect the verticals to the top and bottom – it looks quite stable.

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 07-17-2014 08:20 AM

Thanks guys. Von, I’m on your side, we’ll keep it a secret. Northwest, the joints at the bottom are mitred mortise-and-tenon. I went simpler at the top with a kind of half-lap. I’ve put some process pics up at

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#4 posted 07-17-2014 12:31 PM

Nice work on this display cabinet, very elegant looking. The additional photos on the link were great to see how the work was completed, might want to add them in the description here too.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 07-17-2014 02:11 PM

That is a beautiful display case. Well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 07-18-2014 01:14 AM

Really great. Good job. Love the classic look.

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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#7 posted 07-19-2014 11:45 AM

really nice display case – you’re right they’re never for sale ha ha
as for the wood choice i’m all up for whatever you can find at whatever the budget allows at the time
if we all waited for the ideal wood choice we wouldn’t get to make near as much sawdust and have fun

-- Greg Simon

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