Championship Ring and Game Ball Display (Prototype)

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Project by sonnyr posted 07-01-2017 02:34 AM 1585 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My 9 year grandson, Brooks, is on a Youth Select Baseball Team. When they win a Championship, instead of receiving trophies, they are given rings. This display shelf will hold around 50 rings and 8 “Game” balls. It is the size of a regulation Home Plate, 18 ½” X 9 5/8” X 13 1/8 “. The shelves and sides are 1/2” thick. The black border is 3/4” wide with a 45 degree angle. The point angle is 90 degrees, the side angles are 45 degrees, and the top angles are 90 degrees. The depth of the shelves is 2 1/4 “. The side depth measurement is 2 3/4”, with a 1/2” recess that accepts a 1/4” plywood backboard. There is also a 1/4” masonite cleat attached to the top back that mates to a aluminum Z-bar that is attached to the wall to hold up the display shelf. The ring shelves are cut to a 22 1/2 degree angle. The ball grooves are cut with a 1” round nose router bit to a width of 1” and a depth of 3/32”. The 2 ring grooves per shelf are cut with 1/2” round nose router bit to a depth of 7/64”.
This is a prototype, with the possibility of making a few more. The materials that are used are all repurposed from Craigslist free items and damaged alder cabinet doors. The finish is done using Flat White and Gloss Black spray paint. Does anyone have an idea of what might be a good price to charge to produce these? Also, do you have any ideas on spray painting them?
Thanks for looking

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#1 posted 07-01-2017 05:29 PM

That is a real good looking display case!!

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#2 posted 07-01-2017 08:48 PM

Great project idea, can’t help with the pricing, but I have some ideas that you might want to consider – all just personal opinions so you can take them or leave them. I worked in a jewelry store for 10 years and have a degree in museum studies so I have experience with displaying jewelry and three dimensional objects,

1. Seems like a lot of wasted space devoted to the rings. (What kid is going to win 50 championships on a Youth team?) Maybe consider putting the rings on the point of the case instead of in the center row.

2. Think about making room for team photos or engraved plaques with team logo and championship date.

3. Maybe a more modular design that keeps the ring and game ball together with space for a baseball card sized photo of the player. That way if the kid only wins one or two championships they can fill the spaces with photos so it does not look so empty.

4. Not sure what you want to know about spray painting – I like the Black and White of your prototype – team colors can change from year to year as the kid grows or moves so Black and White keeps it neutral and puts the emphasis on the objects.

Anyway, great prototype, parents will love anything that can showcase the kid’s accomplishments.

Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#3 posted 07-01-2017 11:58 PM

Leafherder- thanks for the input. With him being on a Select Team, they have tournaments just about every weekend with rewards being given out. He is actually in Lake Charles this week for a “World Series” event. We suspect that he will be playing for quite a few more years. I had noticed with some other designs that pegs were used to hold the rings in place. Not knowing what amount to expect, I opted for grooves so that the rings can be spaced out evenly based on how many he gets.
Thanks again for your input, it gives me options to think about.

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#4 posted 07-02-2017 03:31 PM

Very nice and suitable design for that purpose.

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