I am also a modest collector of vintage pocket computers and calculators. This year, with a friend, we decided, for the Advent, to show each day in turn a piece of our respective collections.
To display our joined collection nicely, I decided to transform the changing table into a display case. The former table consisted of two frames, each one with an MDF board, held by a groove into the frame. So it was mostly a matter of replacing one board by a glass plate, and putting the frames together.
Instead of using a "Sniglar" Ikea table, I guess that two large drawers could be used too.
The result is a surprisingly high quality stylish display case. It is quite heavy and very stable, hence rather meant for standing than wall-mounted.
And last but not least it is back-lit by LED bands!
Step 1: Needed Stuff
- the Sniglar Ikea changing table. Or two large drawers. Hard wood bars will do it too.
- One plate of plastic, 3 mm thick.
- L-profiled soft wood bars
- Hard wood bars
- Shelf supports
- Glass plate, cut to size by the shop
- Hinges. Ideally, hinges that can be sunken. This way, the frame can stand on the side with the hinges.
- LED bands, and dedicated power supply
- Some electronics wires
- Break-away male connectors
- Stripboard (small area, possibly leftovers)
- Spray paint, linseed oil, a few screws.
Step 2: Planning the Work
On my fav vector drawing software, I designed the shelves by drawing their cross section. So I could model the number of shelves, their spacing, slanting, and how to bind them to the frame.