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Forum topic by Charlie H. posted 03-20-2019 11:41 PM 246 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Charlie H.

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03-20-2019 11:41 PM

Hello,
I am building a wall hanging shadow box or maybe just a frame to display a brace & bit set that belonged to my uncle.
This will be gifted to my aunt or to one of my female cousins.
The display box / frame is all milled lumber, while not exactly what I would call fine woodworking it’s not rustic looking either.
My leading candidate to attach the brace and bits to the back panel is some thin steel wire that I would paint black.
The back panel is wood. Looking for alternate recommendations that will be unobtrusive.

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------


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JohnMcClure

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#1 posted 03-21-2019 12:06 AM

Thin black wire is good. I used thread in s similar application.

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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duckmilk

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#2 posted 03-21-2019 12:45 AM

I think thin wire, black or plain, if attached to the brace in unobtrusive places would be virtually unnoticeable. Not sure how the bits should be hung. Good luck!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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SMP

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#3 posted 03-21-2019 05:46 AM

I would use rebar tie wire. Its already black. Most home centers would have it in concrete/rebar section.

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HackFabrication

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#4 posted 03-21-2019 08:07 AM

You might also consider using the brace & bits to bore some holes into a matching/contrasting piece of wood to hold the bits and brace to the shadow box. Cut the piece down the center to get some semi-circular brackets to mount the brace/bits to. I fabricate up some nice (but semi-rustic) steel straps to brad nail into the brackets to help support the brace/bits.

Using the tool in the construction of the display, will add some more character to it for the recipient.

-- "In the end, it's all Hack..."

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HokieKen

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#5 posted 03-21-2019 01:13 PM

You could also imbed some powerful rare earth magnets in the back panel. Just an other option to consider :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Charlie H.

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#6 posted 03-21-2019 11:32 PM

Thanks to all for the ideas, they are appreciated.

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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Madmark2

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#7 posted 03-22-2019 01:18 AM

Put in a sheet of felt over the back before attaching the brace & bit.

For medal boxes put a sheet of 1/2” Styrofoam under the felt. Blue for navy green for army and red for item show cases.

Attach felt with spray adhesive in all cases. Thin cork (1/16”) works too.

M

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Charlie H.

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#8 posted 03-26-2019 08:02 PM

I went with some steel wire.

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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SMP

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#9 posted 03-26-2019 08:37 PM

very cool! THanks for sharing

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