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Project by Snaggletooof posted 02-05-2012 12:40 AM 3450 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built a coin display similar to this when I first began woodworking. There were a lot of things that I did with that project that I didn’t like knowing what I know now such as using butt joints for the coin rows, not drilling pilot holes for the hinge screws, and not knowing how to use a router period. So I decided about a month ago to re-do the same project with the new improvements that I had in my head and new skills I had acquirred over the last several months.

On the original box I did not use a mirror for the background. My new improvement was to use one so I could see the back of the coins once placed in the box. I bought a mirror from Walmart, ripped off the decorative frame and just used the mirror. This saved me a couple of dollars. I then built the box based on the dimensions of the mirror. The box ended up being 17×21”.

Knowing how to use a router now, I put chamfers where the door meets the box as well as the door inner frame. I also put v grooves on every coin plank instead of the wood just being plain. I rabbetted 1/4” deep grooves for each plank which was 3/4” thick instead of butt jointing them to make it considerably stronger and secure. Instead of just shooting nails on each miter I went further this time by putting screws on each joint and then plugging the holes with 3/8” end grain oak plugs.

I purchased the decorative hinges and knob at my local hardware store. I had no issues putting them on due to knowing that I needed to drill holes for the screws instead of trying to force them into the wood without a hole. I had the challenge of the screw sticking out on the inside of the door creating a gap between the door and box. So I decided to drill a recessed 3/8” hole on the box and then take it a step further by drilling another hole in that to fit a small magnet to keep the door secured when hanging on a wall.

I stained this red oak and then finished it with my own homemade varnish.

I am really happy with this project and I think that it shows my improvement as a wood worker in a short period of time. Who ever receives this will be very happy if I dont keep it for myself! Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 02-05-2012 01:14 AM

Wow that’s a giant coin display, it looks wonderful. Very nice work.


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#2 posted 02-05-2012 01:14 AM

Came out very nice, good work!

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 02-05-2012 11:38 AM

Not too shabby there, Devil Dog. I like the mirror backing for the same reason you used it- it will definately be in my next… Semper Fortis

-- Matt

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#4 posted 02-05-2012 08:13 PM

Great story of a do-over. From what I can see, a pretty nice piece. Almost did not stop to see it as the photo din’t show your piece very well? Glad I stopped anyway.

Maybe a do-over on the pics so we all can see it? Thanks!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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