I wanted to display all the various steampunk artefacts that I've created in a cabinet that would best enhance their qualities and this is what I have come up with. This is not yet completed....still to add is a mirror in the back, the round windows will have a stained glass look with other items I have created. The glass has been cut but needs to be added.
Step 1: Getting It Together!
Thrown out plywood packing crates
Odd bits of pine timber
Glass from old windows
Old Picture Framing
Nails + Screws
Sheet of Acrylic
Halogen lights (only 10 watt) x 8
Router + Bits + Router Table
Drill + Drill Bits
Circular Saw + Table
Measuring Tape + Ruler
Lots of Patience
Step 2: Cutting the Wood
First off I created an octagonal base. I cut a rectangle 900 x 600mm and then cut off the corners. Around the base I routed and glued on some 'feet'. The edges of the feet were routed using the bit pictured which gave the result you see. I suggest you try different bits and more 'layers' if you can....you'll see this later on where I have created layers of molds around the glass. The side panels were cut to match the base. All the angles for an octagon are 22.5°. Cutting the windows for the glass inserts required me to create a template so that all the curves would be the same. For the template I used some acrylic I had lying around from a previous job. First I cut out the circles using a drill bit in a piece of wood and drilling a centre hole in the acrylic. Then I routed out the hole. I joined the holes by routing along another piece of acrylic I screwed to the template to give me a straight line along each side of the hole. (You'll see what I mean by looking at the pictures even though the first one I cut out of wood you get the general idea. The wood one is not as good as the acrylic one I made.)
Step 3: The Roof
Using some battons I created (the angles are 1200) a rib structure for the panels which were cut to match. The panels gave the roof strength.
Step 4: Painting to Make It Look Awesome!
I love painting, it changes something from ordinary to extraordinary. I primed all the wood before painting the black and then the surrounds were painted gold and silver. After the painting I added copper pipes around the edges to frame the cabinet.
Step 5: Adding Lights/bling
I used halogen lights inside. The ones installed here are on the bottom of the display cabinet, I will also be installing lights from the ceiling of the cabinet. How I created the LED's around the speaker holes can be found here.