- the bottom half shaped like a tray, with four additional vertical pillars,
- the top half with the glass plate.
The motivation to build this display case from scratch came from several reasons:
- After envisaging buying two picture frames, it turned out that (1) I could not find frames that are thick enough, (2) frames made in China means kerosene, (3) I cannot get the exact size I want, and (4) it would cost 2 X 20$ for wooden frames of nice quality.
- I had remaining wood from a former project. So the cost is just the glass (approx 8$) and the investment for a router bit to make the grooves (20$)
- Building from scratch is more fun!
Step 1: Needed Stuff
As said before, I had remaining wood from a former project. But the list is pretty simple:
- Wood bars. Preferably hard wood (beech, oak, etc.)
- MDF or plywood plate, e.g. 5 mm thick
- Glass, 3 mm thick. The best is to measure the needed size at the end of Step 3. Ask the shop to cut it to size.
- A few screws and dowels
- Wood glue (modest quantity)
- Linseed oil (modest quantity)
- Saw or electrical jigsaw
- Sand paper, sanding machine (or sanding block)
- Framing vise (optional)
- Router and router bit for 4 mm wide groove
Step 2: Cut Wood to Length
- 2 x 2 x long bars
- 2 x 2 x short bars
For the pillars:
- 4 x shorter bars
The bars that I have (from a former project) have a particular cut. I used this cut as a recess in the frames corner, for the pillars.