Shot Glass Display Cabinet #2

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Project by scopemonkey posted 05-03-2010 12:51 AM 5698 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A good example of how one projects leads to another. About a year ago, I built a larger version of this cabinet for a friend’s shot glass collection. Now, she needs another. This one is a bit smaller (14” x 21” interior dimensions). Wood is red oak finished with Oil/Varnish rubbed out and waxed. Case is dovetailed together (hand cut). It can sit on a table or be wall hung by the integrated french cleat in the back (mating piece taped in place in last picture). I have yet to install the interior LED light system, but at least the wood working is done.

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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#1 posted 05-03-2010 01:17 AM

Nice cabinet. Will you add a picture when it is filled?

That remeinds me to put my cabinet on LJ. I made one with a stero in the top and I only used singel striength glass and there are about 100 shot glasses in it. I recently found some 1/4 glass and made new shelves before the other ones broke under the weight .

Post it again with the light and filled with glasses!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 05-03-2010 02:57 AM

Very nice cabinet! I also am curious to see how the lighting is done.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 05-03-2010 03:43 AM

Very nice looking work. I strive to have my stuff come out this nice. Keep up the good work.

-- The wife asks me all the time "what ya makin" SAWDUST duh ,

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#4 posted 05-05-2010 05:01 PM

I love these little cabinets. I’m not a shot person so I’d have to put something else in there. Perhaps I could make the shelves taller and put beer glasses in there. Thanks for post and for the ideas.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#5 posted 05-05-2010 09:20 PM

Very nice.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#6 posted 05-06-2010 04:58 PM

Looks great. I was designing one of those shot glass cabinets because I collect them myself.
Did your friend hang it or set on top of something? I would think it would be really heavy with all the glass.
What advice would you give someone that wanted to build one? What changes would you make if you had to make any?

-- If you work you eat - If you don't work, you eat, drink, and sleep.

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#7 posted 05-07-2010 02:25 AM

She hung the first one on the wall and plans to do the same for this one. The first one is 20” x 30” interior dimensions and is heavy. That’s why I dovetailed the case together and integrated the french cleat into the case with glue and screws. The other part of the cleat is screwed to the wall studs. So far (about a year), it has done well and is filled with 75 – 80 glasses.

As far as advice goes, I guess I would simply build the cabinet depending on the collection size. If you have hundreds, then something more like this that sits on the floor. I would also not let the Woodcraft salesman talk you (me) into no-mortise hinges. Way too much fussing to get the door aligned and the darned cheap screws break (twice requiring a tedious and delicate repair). Also, when left sitting on a table and not on the wall, the larger cabinet I made had a tendency to tip over when the door was opened if there wasn’t enough weight inside. This smaller one doesn’t do that, but it would need a deeper base if the door got any bigger. I would also make mine out of cherry or walnut—I don’t particularly care for red oak but that was her choice.

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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