Tae Kwon Do Belt Display

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Project by wlhutch posted 02-25-2009 04:50 AM 62249 views 13 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend asked me to build a display case for his daughter’s fourteen TaeKwonDo belts she earned in the juniors program. There were a few “firsts” on this project; turquoise inlay and carved diamond molding in two sizes. The display is a simple box with shelves, however I did want to make it special and reflect an Asian influence in the design. Maple was used for the project and my friend wanted a natural look to the finish.

I started with a couple of sketches that were slowly refined. I built a prototype of a base that I really likedPhotobucket but, once it was built- it didn’t have the same appeal. I went through this same process with several ideas before arriving at these plans. Photobucket Photobucket

From there it was just a matter of milling lumber- Photobucket Photobucket

I built a jig to route the stopped dados for the shelves and on the router table the groove for the backing was made. The shelves and backing are captive, there is enough room for wood movement. Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

Carving the diamond molding was easier that i thought. It’s a detail that is better to leave your tool work plainly visible. I made the upper piece first and during the final dry fit, I decided to add the lower molding.
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The side inlay is turquoise. It a matter of filling a cavity with glue and ground turquoise, then sanding the result flush. While the procedure is simple, the sanding is a long process, beginning with 80 grit. One side is TaeKwonDo and the other side is Jessica written in Hangul (Korean). Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

Here is the final result finished with seal a cell and satin arm-r-seal. Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

This has been a fun project and thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 02-25-2009 05:12 AM

FAN-TASTIC! I love the turqoise that you did – it came out REALLY well, pretty neat how you did it too. I liked the use of the Dremel. The other thing that I loved was the diamond moldings that you did. I’ve seen an acticle on it – but never attempted it. You’rs came out GREAT, nice hand work!


-- "Start with ten.....end with ten"

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#2 posted 02-25-2009 05:41 AM

Great idea. Excellent work. You did a great job designing and building it. I bet she is really happy with it.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 02-25-2009 03:28 PM

A lot of sweat went into earning those belts, glad to see you built something worthy of them. The dad must have the peace of mind knowing his daughter can defend herself.
Nice job.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#4 posted 02-26-2009 01:56 AM

As a third degree black belt and Tae Kwon Do instructor myself, I could use one of these! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

-- Turning perfectly good wood into sawdust and kindling since 1990.

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#5 posted 03-07-2009 02:10 AM

thats a great project, i have been wanting to surprise my dad with one of these, hes a 5th degree who teaches so i figured it would look great at his school

-- Colby Norwood- learn how to measure, measure once, cut once

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#6 posted 03-08-2009 05:27 AM

Nice Work!
From looking at your sketches, you have got to try SketchUp.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#7 posted 05-05-2009 03:31 AM

What type of glue did you use to mix with the inlay stone? I am building a frame for a Korean print one of our instructors gave our head instructor and plan to inlay his name in korean in the frame.

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#8 posted 05-16-2009 08:37 PM

This a very cool project thanks for all the photos and step by step.


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#9 posted 05-16-2009 09:30 PM

nice job.

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#10 posted 10-21-2009 01:42 AM

This is great. The turqoise came out really good. What type of glue did you use.

-- Ed E. " Taking one board at a time "

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#11 posted 11-17-2009 06:28 PM

Great job, ive been searching the web to buy one for my gf. Would you be interested in making us one!? Needs space for 16 belts if possible :) looking forward to hearing off you. Kayleigh Bryan UK x

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#12 posted 06-29-2011 03:30 AM

dimensions and wood sizes used?

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