Trophy Buckle Show Case

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Project by Thos. Angle posted 03-13-2014 05:06 PM 2389 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, it’s been a long time since I posted a project. Back before Christmas a lady asked me to build a wall cabinet to show case her son’s rodeo trophy buckles. I forgot to take photos of it. After Christmas I asked how her son liked it. She said that she kept it for her husband(they have the same initials). She also said that she wanted some thing of mine is why she didn’t give it away. A few weeks ago, her husband called me and asked me to build one for his wife for HER trophy buckles. I suppose that she had too many of her buckles in HIS buckle box. So here it is.

The cabinet is made of 3/4 inch Poplar lumber. It seems that I have turned into a galoot since I sold all my machinery. I used a neighbors table saw to rip the parts. The cabinet itself is 1 1/2 inch deep. It is butt jointed and held by screws. The frame is 1 7/8 wide and half lapped at the corners. The back panel is leather on 1/4 inch MDF. The finished size is 25 1/4×18 3/4. It will hold 15 trophy buckles. I forgot to put one in to show the size.

After I ripped the stock, I cut my parts with a bench hook and a tenon saw. The box with the two shelves was built first by gluing and screwing the corners and shelves. This was then painted so that any parts not covered with leather would not show bare wood. I then cut the half lap joints for the corners of the frame with the tenon saw and fitted them with a shoulder plane. I assembling both parts, I used metal corner blocks to maintain square corners. I then fitted the leather covers for the frame and laced them together. I was very careful not to over wet the leather when I carved and stamped this piece. I didn’t want any stretch in the leather. After the leather frame parts were carved and stamped, I glued them to the wooden frame with Barge Cement. The leather was dampened and wrapped over the edge of the frame. It was then nailed with upholstery tacks. The back panel is leather glued to 1/4 inch MDF with Barge Cement. It was then basket stamped and border stamped. The frame and back panel were then stained with high lighter. I made a piece for the ends of the cabinet as it is visible. The box is attached to the frame with pocket screws. After the frame was attached I wrapped the front of the shelves with leather. This leather extends 1/2 inch on the shelf to hold the buckles from slipping off the shelf. I then stamped it and dyed it dark brown. The whole cabinet was then sprayed with Bullseye Shellac.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#1 posted 03-13-2014 08:54 PM

good heaven tom, this is out of this world gorgeous…wow, i really love this, i can see why they didnt give it sure nailed this….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 03-13-2014 10:40 PM

Beautiful Thomas.

So when is her son going to get one.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 03-14-2014 12:11 AM

Excellent! The leatherwork is a great combination with the woodwork. My kids have stolen all my buckles except the one I wear or I could use one of these!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 03-14-2014 03:45 AM

very ornate leather work Tom. Nicely done.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 03-14-2014 03:26 PM

I love the smell and feel of leather almost as much as wood.

Thanks for sharing and it looks very nice.


-- Al,Midwest -To thine own self be true

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#6 posted 03-15-2014 03:48 AM

Beautiful job. Totally amazing.

-- I have to remember this is a hobby..

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#7 posted 03-20-2014 02:26 PM

Wonderful display case! Great frame joints and the leather work is just intricate. Excellent work!

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