Picture of Display Case
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Project Overview:
This project was designed and constructed by Jens Sehm of As You Like it Fine Furniture and Custom Woodwork in Ashland, Oregon. Jen’s gave me permission to document the construction process.

This project is made from solid quarter sawn white oak hardwood.  The final thickness of the boards is 1 ½”. The overall size of this project is  6’ 6” wide, 8’ 6” tall and 13” deep. The  shelf cubbies are 17” square.  The cantilevered desk is 57” long and 18” wide. The basic construction methodology is mortise and tenon joints. Mechanical cams are used to hold the outside sections of the case together.

This project is very large and heavy. It requires at least 2 people to move it around. It was constructed in two stages: the first stage was  assembled and glued in a workshop; the second phase was assembled on-site with mechanical cams and tenons to facilitate moving. When building a project of this size, it is important to know the ceiling heights, door widths,  corner turns and hallway runs, otherwise you may not be able to install it.

The project was stained with black aniline die and finished with satin varnish.

This project requires basic woodworking skills and access to woodworking machines. Woodworking machines have sharp cutting edges and are NOT forgiving. You should be properly trained  in the use of these machines. Ensure that you wear safety glasses and  hearing protection, use push sticks, hold-downs , clamps  and a cutting sled to cut the project parts safely.

The most important aspect of this project is making the various component parts square and flat. This project requires precise stock prep, sizing and joinery. Any minor measurement, cutting  or joinery mistakes will be multiplied many times over and the unit will not align properly.

On a scale of 1-10, 10 being very difficult, this project  is a “7.5”.

Materials Needed:
Approximately  220 board feet of  rough sawn 2” thick quarter sawn white oak hardwood.
150, 180 and 220 grit sandpaper.
Glue  (yellow woodworkers glue)
10 sets of 4 - Heavy-Duty Universal Connector s(Rockler Woodworking supply PN#57218. Price $11.59)
1-3/8'' (35mm) Forstner Bit, 3/8'' Shank (Rockler Woodworking supply PN# 21214. Price $12.19)
18 @½” x 3” lag bolts

Tools & Equipment Needed:
Table saw with a cross cut sled
8” jointer
Festool Domino  jointer
Planner or  flat bed drum sander
Bar or pipe clamps
Allen wrench
veryken2 years ago
Why didn't you make the desk panel integral with the shelf (out of one piece) instead of connecting it?
williewolf (author)  veryken2 years ago
The primary reason was shipping it and maneuvering it up the service elevator and through the apartment.

Attmos2 years ago
It's very nice looking, what was it built for?
williewolf (author)  Attmos2 years ago
Thanks for your question.

It was built for displaying collectables. I assume ceramics and other artwork. Maybe some books and photos etc.