Thimble display case

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Project by GeoBuk posted 07-31-2011 09:13 PM 14529 views 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this for a neighbor who needed a larger display for a thimble collection.

I used an old one for basic design. This one has 150 small squares (1 1/2” X 1 1/2”) and 45 larger ones (1 1/2” X 2 1/2”)

I formed squares by cutting 26 strips from 1/4” stock. Fourteen for vertical and twelve for horizonal.
I cut 1/4” dadoes one-half the width of the stock so they would slide together when mating vertical to horizontal.
See pix. (Hint: Do not wait to assemble if you cut to tight tolerances and live in humid area. These pieces had to be hammered hard for this pix since it has been 2 weeks since I cut…)

I used pine for everything except hardwood plywood back.
All cuts were made on table saw.

Acrylic sheet slides in rabbet on inside of frame. For the right side I ripped through at same distance as rabbets and glued remaining strip on front of acrylic sheet as a “handle”- see second pix.

SketchUp was essential to calculate dimensions and intervals.

-- George in Missouri

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#1 posted 07-31-2011 10:36 PM

Thats a lot of joints.

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#2 posted 08-01-2011 05:51 AM

Great precision! That should take a while to fill.

I collect thimbles, too, but most of my cases are smaller openings (1” x 1ΒΌ”) which limit the larger fancy thimbles to one case. I still have almost 100 empty spots out of nearly 400.

I like the way you did the acrylic. One of mine has acrylic that opens from the top, making it a little harder to get into. My other cases are all glass with hinged doors.

Thanks for sharing.

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#3 posted 11-18-2011 08:19 PM

Excellent design!!

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