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Kitchen Display Case

Project Overview

Kitchen Display Case

Construct a kitchen display case. We love the look of a pristine fridge, but toss those cherished family snaps and artwork? No way. Top a corkboard with plexiglass and voila, you have a shallow shadowbox to protect those photos and Crayola masterpieces.

13 Steps

  1. Cut 1 x 3 pine
  2. Rip 8 pieces to size
  3. Rabbeting box edges for back
  4. Ripping remaining lengths from Step 1
  5. Assemble box
  1. Cut and assemble door
  2. Filling, sanding and painting
  3. Cut and install cork
  4. Cut and install plexiglass
  5. Cut hinge recesses
  6. Install magnetic closure
  7. Mount box
  8. Enjoy
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Step 1

Cut 1 x 3 pine

Cut 4 pieces 20" long and Cut 4 pieces 28" long. Cut 4 pieces 19-1/2" long and reserve for Step 4.

Cut 1 x 3 pine

Step 2

Rip 8 pieces to size

Rip down the 8 pieces of the 1 x 3 into these measurements: 2 pieces 1" x 20", 2 pieces 1" x 28", 2 pieces 2" x 19-1/2", and 2 pieces 2" x 28".

Rabbeting box edges for back

Step 3

Rabbeting box edges for back

On 1 long edge of 2 pieces of 2" x 19-1/2" pine, cut a rabbet 1/2" x 3/4". On 1 long edge and 2 ends of 2 pieces of 2" x 28" pine, cut a rabbet 1/2" x 3/4". On 1 long edge of 2 pieces of 1" x 20" pine, cut a rabbet 3/8" x 1/4". On 1 long edge of 2 pieces of 1" x 28" pine, cut a rabbet 3/8" x 1/4".

Step 4

Ripping remaining lengths from Step 1

Take the 4 19-1/2" lengths of pine and rip them down to 1/2" x 2". On 2 of these pieces, rip a 45º angle on one edge.

Assemble box

Step 5

Assemble box

Using the 2" pieces, glue, assemble and clamp them together to create a box 28" x 20", rabbets to back. On the box back, glue and tack (with 1-1/4" brads) 2 of the 1/2" x 19-1/2" pieces, 1 at the bottom and one in the middle. Glue and tack 1 of the 1/2" x 19-1/2" pieces with a 45° cut angle to the bottom. The long side of the angle should be facing out and pointing to box bottom.

Step 6

Cut and assemble door

On 2 pieces of rabbeted 1" x 20" and 2 pieces of rabbeted 1" x 28", cut 45º mitres on both ends to form corners. Glue, assemble and clamp to create door, then tack corners with 1-1/4" brads.

Filling, sanding and painting

Step 7

Filling, sanding and painting

When the glue is dry, fill all cracks and holes with latex wood filler. Sand all surfaces with 220 grit sandpaper and paint with desired colour.

Cut and install cork

Step 8

Cut and install cork

Cut the cork to fit inside the box and run a bead of silicone along the three mounting strips and press the cork in place against the siliconed strips.

Cut and install plexiglass

Step 9

Cut and install plexiglass

Cut the plexiglass to fit inside the rabbet of the door. Place the plexiglass into the rabbeted side of the door and run a fine bead of silicone around the edge to secure it against the wood frame. Let stand until the silicone is dry.

Cut hinge recesses

Step 10

Cut hinge recesses

With a chisel, cut recesses for the hinges into both the box and the door. Install the hinges on the door and then the hinged door to the box.

Step 11

Install magnetic closure

Install the magnetic closure to the opposite side of the box.

Mount box

Step 12

Mount box

Screw the remaining 1/2" x 19-1/2" pine piece with 45º angle to the wall, long side out. The mitred edge of the box's top mounting strip will slide over the top of the angle on the wall mount.

Step 13


Pin up your memories.

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Project Details

Skill Level: Intermediate

Time: 4 hours

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