Lego Mini Figures Display Case

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Project by Dave Haynes posted 01-30-2013 01:32 PM 20499 views 18 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a lady from Massachusetts E-Mail me about three weeks ago to tell me that she had seen the golf ball display case on my website and it was almost exactly like one that she had purchased a few years back for her son to display his Lego mini fugures in. What she had purchased was a golf ball display case where she had turned the case upside down so that, what she called the golf ball “indents”, would be on the bottom allowing her to use the case for her purpose.

As their collection gradually grew to the point where they had filled the case, she went on-line and attempted to buy antother case from where she had purchased the first one. She quickly found out that this original supplier/builder had went out of business. This prompted her to searching the internet for another supplier when she came upon the project story from my website where I had built a similar golf ball display case. She then e-mailed me to see if I sold these cases. I told her that I had not in the past but might consider building her one.

One thing led to another and I told her I would make her one. She needed to have it more than twice the size of my golf ball display case. After arriving at a price, I began this project, completed it and shipped it to her. After receiving it, she placed her and her son’s lego mini figures in it and sent me back two photos with the figures on display in the case.

I don’t have any buiild process article of this project on my website as is usual with my project posts because I didn’t take but a couple of pictures near completion of the case, but you should get somewhat of an idea from the photos that I did take and posted here.

The project was kind of time consuming cutting all the dados in the interior vertical and horizontal dividers, but I still had fun doing the project. Anyone with questions, feel free to contact me.


-- Dave Haynes, Indiana,

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#1 posted 01-30-2013 02:04 PM

That is just a whole bunch of cuts. Great job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 01-30-2013 02:07 PM

This is a super build, the logistics of maintaining perfect alignment in all the dados being the key. What is your secret?, cut all like pieces at them same time?, or some sort of a jig?
Viewed your web site too, pretty cool. Now it’s in my favorites list.
Thanks for showing.

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#3 posted 01-30-2013 02:42 PM

I like this project, the design and finished piece is well done. I can see this as an inspiration for others to build a display. My son is getting older but when his little cousins come for a visit he jumps right in with the legos. I may build one on a smaller scale for his room just so he can be reminded of the kid in him. Thanks for posting.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 01-30-2013 03:37 PM

Nice work

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#5 posted 01-30-2013 03:41 PM

Very cool! I love legos!

-- Darryl ~ Waxhaw, NC

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#6 posted 01-30-2013 04:02 PM

I’m with Oldtool – how did you manage to keep so many cuts aligned so that the grid would fit together so well?

Also, many times I see display cases like this that are plain and style-less. Not so here – the detail on the top and bottom make all the difference in the world.

Just enormously cool.

-- Nat, UPstate NY,

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#7 posted 01-30-2013 04:48 PM

Very nice. I think I know how you “cut” all the pieces. This is a really pretty piece.

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#8 posted 01-30-2013 07:08 PM

Every hard-core lego enthusiast needs one of these !

When you say she had turned the case upside down so that, what she called the golf ball “indents”, would be on the bottom, shouldn’t bottom be top ??

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#9 posted 01-30-2013 07:14 PM

Awesome display case! So much time and effort exerted but worth it because of a satisfied and happy customer.


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#10 posted 01-31-2013 01:41 AM

great idea! you could use this design for a lot of collectibles with some adjustments…nice job.

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#11 posted 01-31-2013 01:54 AM

Nice one, Dave!!

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

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#12 posted 01-31-2013 02:17 AM

I know exactly how much effort those cuts are. Nicely done.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#13 posted 01-31-2013 03:15 AM

Great idea and looks wonderful

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#14 posted 01-31-2013 12:39 PM

I sent Oldtool the following in a message to him but for others that might ask the question, here is my feeble answer that may still intend to confuse due to my description:
“In reference to your question about the cuts, I set up a 1/4” wide dado set in the table saw and marked one each of the horizontal pieces and vertical pieces exactly where I wanted to make all the cuts. Then when I made the first cut (for example on the first horizontal piece), I completed all the other horizonal pieces at the same postion of the cut before moving the table saw fence location on to the next marked location on the pieces.

Then I repeated the whole process for all the horizontals and treated the verticals the same way. Make any sense? I had no jig other than clamping a waste block to the table saw fence to free the piece while sliding through the dado set.”
And hey, MonteCristo… could be right but what I meant to say was that the “indents” would then be upside down on each of the horizontal crossmembers so that she could use the flat side instead fo the indented side of the crossmembers. In effect, by turning the entire case upside down, she would have accomplished this.

-- Dave Haynes, Indiana,

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#15 posted 01-31-2013 01:30 PM

I REALLY like this. The way you said you did the cuts has to be a measuring nightmare! Exactness here is awesome! I have always wanted to make a shot glass display case and this gave me the inspiration. Right now they are under the bed in a cardboard box. I like the way the lady sent you pictures of the project in use, I always ask for pictures but only get about half of what I sell. Great job!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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