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Forum topic by RyanSixer posted 02-19-2019 05:20 PM 272 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RyanSixer

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02-19-2019 05:20 PM

Hello LumberJocks! I’m quite new to doing anything other than turning pens, so I’m looking for a little advice.

Background: I want to create a display case/shadow box for a saber and scabbard. The real woodworker in my family is my father, but this is a surprise gift for my folks! The case will be 14” tall by 42” wide and 2.5” deep.

I found the below video from This Old House and will generally follow the same steps.
https://www.thisoldhouse.com/how-to/how-to-build-shadow-box

Specific Question: how would you mount the saber and scabbard to the rear plate as if they were floating? My initial idea was to thread fishing line around each piece and directly through the MDF rear panel, but I don’t know how to secure those lines in the rear. Do you know of any ways to mount the objects in some kind of very-low-profile brackets?

Do you see any issues with the following procedure?

[QUOTE]Start with four boards: two .75”x2.5”x44” and two .75”x2.5”x16”. Excess length is in case of tear-out

Use a table saw to cut a .5” rabbet out of the backs of each board for mounting the rear panel

Use a table saw to cut a .5” deep dado toward the front on the inside of each board for mounting the glass

Use a miter saw to cut 45-degree angles and shorten the boards to the final 14” and 42” lengths

Glue up three of the four sides, but set the fourth side in place dry to use a strap clamp. Allow the three glued sides to dry

Insert the glass plate in its slot

Glue and clamp the fourth side

Secure a felt sheet to the MDF rear panel

(Somehow mount the saber and scabbard to the MDF)

Drill pilot holes through the MDF and into the rabbet shoulders

Screw the rear panel to the frame[/QUOTE]

Thank you in advance!


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WoodenDreams

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#1 posted 02-19-2019 06:48 PM

Have you given thought on how to hang on a wall, or do you plan on displaying on a shelf. This is similar to making a Flag Box, but rectangular. My son-in-law is making a display mount for his calvary scout service in the army. But he wants a open plague display so he can hold it and polish it up once and a while.

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#2 posted 02-19-2019 08:18 PM

I might add that you may try for some way to mount the glass that it’s replaceable. I made this flag shadow box a couple years back, but used silicone to secure the glass in case it was damaged and needed to be replaced (mind you, the glass is thin, light, and inexpensive). It’d be a shame to have to scrap a project, especially a gift, due to an accident.

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MNgary

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#3 posted 02-19-2019 10:55 PM

I would be tempted to make something like shaker pegs to rest the objects on while in the display case. In addition I would allow the glass to slide out one end of the case (horizontal slide). This way the glass could be removed for cleaning as well as removing the saber and scabbard for showing to his friends and guests.

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RyanSixer

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#4 posted 02-20-2019 12:55 PM

These are all great thoughts.


Have you given thought on how to hang on a wall, or do you plan on displaying on a shelf. This is similar to making a Flag Box, but rectangular. My son-in-law is making a display mount for his calvary scout service in the army. But he wants a open plague display so he can hold it and polish it up once and a while.

- WoodenDreams

The plan is to have it rest on a shelf or fireplace mantel.


I might add that you may try for some way to mount the glass that it s replaceable. I made this flag shadow box a couple years back, but used silicone to secure the glass in case it was damaged and needed to be replaced (mind you, the glass is thin, light, and inexpensive). It d be a shame to have to scrap a project, especially a gift, due to an accident.

- Dustin



I would be tempted to make something like shaker pegs to rest the objects on while in the display case. In addition I would allow the glass to slide out one end of the case (horizontal slide). This way the glass could be removed for cleaning as well as removing the saber and scabbard for showing to his friends and guests.

- MNgary

On another forum, someone suggested using some strong magnets. This would be a neat way to have the saber and scabbard “float” but still be removable. If that doesn’t end up working, I think the pegs would be the smartest option. I’ll have to look into how I can securely mount those at a bit of an angle. As for the sliding glass, do you have any suggestions for making the “removeability” hidden instead of just an open slot?

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