I am about to embark on my second project. This will be a display case made from Walnut. I got the basic idea from photos I saw on a forum somewhere (I don't remember where). The case will be ~ 24" high x 20" wide x 3" deep. There will be adjustable 1/2" thick shelves (three or four - I haven't firmed that up yet). Also, I may be putting a dado in the bottom center of each shelf to hold an LED lighting strip.
I want to use glass inset for the door, and I've never done this before. From what I've been reading here, it sounds like I should put a rabbet in the back side of the door frame (the frame will be 1.5 - 2 inches wide) and then use clear caulk (Lexel or similar) to fasten the glass in. Is that all there is to it, or should I do more?
The other thing I'd like to do is use a mirror on the back, but I also don't know how to go about doing that. It seems that if the back is going to be mostly covered by the mirror, I could use 1/4" plywood or something for reduction of both cost and weight. But if any of it would end up being visible then I wouldn't want to do that. Then there is the question of how best to fasten the mirror. Maybe I could use the same method as the door (mount the mirror in the back of a frame)? In that case, I would obviously use Walnut instead of plywood.
Any help / advice / pointers would be greatly appreciated!
So yeah....didn't make that 2015 Christmas deadline.
That said...my oldest turns 3 in October.....soooooo...looks like it's a Birthday Ice Cream Cart...
Posts cut and notched for the awning.
Panel Cleats painted
'Treats' panel laminated with polycrylic.
Delicious drawer pulls added
This might be a slow going project. I picked out the boards i want to use from my cherry stock and laid out the sides and got a few boards cut. Ran to the store to get a pattern bit because I'll need one to cut out the template. After i parked in me garage i saw a nice puddle forming under the pickup. I don't know what let go if it was head gasket or water pump but I'll need to be fixing that. I also have 1 week before i have to start studying for my Professional engineer exam so this is now taking the double back seat. It seemed to good to be true that I'd get a week to work on this. I've been daydreaming about this project for a long time.
Here are some pics thus far. I'm really excited to see this cherry with finish.
My template for the sides. I don't have a spindle sander so this is what i use. I need a 2nd person to make it an oscillating spindle sander