KNICK KNACK SHADOW BOX

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Introduction: KNICK KNACK SHADOW BOX

About: In my shop I have a name for hammer, saw, and plier. The saw is Tess, the hammer's Joe, and Glumdalclitch is the plier. Yes, I'm brillig, and my slithy toves still gyre and gimble in the wabe. With that, le…

Knick Knack shadow box give your dog a bone. Now these knick knacks have a home.

Step 1: MY FASCINATION WITH THIS DESIGN

I've had a fascination with the haphazard design of shadow boxes for quite some time. Here is the link to my bookcase build: https://www.instructables.com/id/HOW-I-BUILT-a-SHADOW-BOX-BOOKCASE/

Step 2: THE PLAN

I did a rough sketch of my idea with approximate measurements for a 2' x 4' unit.

NOTE: As you will see, the design drawn above is just a guide. As assembly progresses I change the actual design as needed. If you compare the finished product with the design plan you will see what I mean.

Step 3: TOOLS AND SUPPLIES

Here are pictures of the tools and supplies I used.

Step 4: MATERIALS

The carcass is made from 8' 1 x 6s. In total, 5 were used. The back is 1/4" plywood. The carcass was stained Dark Walnut. The backing was finished with Tung Oil. The drawers were made from 3/8" plywood and finished with Tung Oil. The drawer pulls are painted ceramic.

Step 5: THE CARCASS

Using the 8' 1 x 6s I cut two at 23 1/2" and two at 47 1/2" lengths and put rabbets on the top and bottom sections. Then I added all the top and side dadoes which is explained fully in a different step. I didn't glue anything and only fastened using 2 1/4" trim screws. These have very small heads. I was going to plug the holes left by the screws but I liked the even look of the holes when it was all assembled.

Step 6: LET'S TALK DADOES AND RABBETS

https://www.instructables.com/id/I-MADE-a-DADO-JIG...

The most important part of this project is the dadoes. Above is a link to my dado jig build if you're interested.

Here is how I proceeded. First I set the router bit at a 1/4" depth. Then I labeled the backs of the frame pieces to keep things a bit organized. I rabbeted the ends of the top and bottom. Based on my drawing, I approximated where each dado would go and routed each one.

NOTE: I didn't work from exact measurements because I don't have sketch up and since I've made shadow boxes before I knew exact measurements were not crucial to the end result since one side doesn't line up with the other. Plus, there's a bit of enjoyment in creatively approaching the design like this. Just like there is no crying in baseball, there are no mistakes in my Instructables ---only, to quote Bob Ross, Happy Accidents ... of which I had a few, but then again too few to mention. I did what I had to do. And fixed them all -- without exemption.

Step 7: ASSEMBLY

This is the fun part which can make you feel a bit addlepated at times. But not to worry, there is a way around it. At some point I put my drawing aside and used painters tape to mark where the shelves would go. My assembly table corner is a perfect 90 degrees and I kept referencing off it to keep the unit square.

Step 8: HAPPY ACCIDENTS

The build was not without its Happy Accidents -- all of which were easily rectified by filling and sanding and making a new dado or just filling and sanding it.

Step 9: STAIN

Once assembled I stained it Dark Walnut. I sanded it with 220 grit.

Step 10: THE BACK

I finished the backing with Tung Oil. Then I used the two factory edges to square the unit and traced the location of all the shelves on the back of the backing. Using staples instead of brads, I secured the back. I used a flush trim router bit to trim off any excess.

Step 11: THE DRAWERS

Using 3/8th inch plywood I cut and assembled five drawers to fit some of the openings. I finished them off using Tung Oil, hit the whole unit with lacquer spray, and installed the ceramic knobs.

Step 12: INSTALLATION AND FILLING THE NOOKS AND CRANIES

I installed it in my home office and filled it with some of my knick knacks.

I hope you enjoyed this Instructable and learned something, too. As usual, all comments appreciated and all questions answered.

Kink

Step 13: WHAT EACH KNICK KNACK IS

I tagged each item, if you're interested in what they are.

KJ

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    5 Comments

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    ososama
    ososama

    1 year ago

    beautiful job

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    Kink Jarfold
    Kink Jarfold

    Reply 1 year ago

    Truly appreciated. You've got to give one a try. They really become a conversation piece.

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    ososama
    ososama

    Reply 1 year ago

    I would love to do something like this, I have very little and limited tool, but with time and patience I will do it, I will show you when I finish it to see what you think master 🤘🏻

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    Kink Jarfold
    Kink Jarfold

    Reply 1 year ago

    Master? LOL. I'm just a tinkerer. I look forward to seeing what you do. If you need and help, let me know.

    Kink

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    ososama
    ososama

    Reply 1 year ago


    If something gets stuck to me, I will consult you, thanks for sharing