Sanding the structure of a wooden display case

How to make a display case for an earthenware pot, part 2

After having made the structure of the display case, and the square frames for the base and the window, it’s time for the task we all like the least: sanding, sanding and sanding the wood. With a medium grit sandpaper I sanded all the wood parts, evening out the joints where necessary. Then with a fine-grit sandpaper I went over everything until the marks of the previous sanding disappeared. Finally with a very fine sanding block I retouched everything, taking the opportunity to smooth a little the edges of the wooden strips.

This is not the video where I make the display case, it is just a review on the fabrication. You have the video where I make this display case, step by step, in the first part and in the third part before and after this article.

Cut a wooden circle

Now I can start with the small parts that I will use to “decorate” the display case. And as I want to incorporate in this display case elements that remind us of a raised granary (hórreo), the first element to imitate is the “tornaratos” (this stone returns the mice down so they cannot access the raised granary) millstone that goes on top of the feet of the “hórreo”. For this, I use the DIY table jigsaw to cut four 10cm in diameter wooden circles, which I finish shaping with my simple disc sander.

Cutting the legs at an angle on the miter saw

Underneath these circles are the legs of the display case. I make them with some curtain finials, those that are placed in the end of the curtain wooden rods. I glue a piece of curtain rod into the hole to close the hole, and I cut these legs at an angle with the miter saw and a simple cutting jig. The cutting jig helps to hold these small pieces in position and securely while I cut them. I also have other curtain finial pieces similar to these. But I will cut these other ones at 90 degrees and will use them as decorations on the top of the display case.

Routing the rabbet for the window glass

One of the wooden frames will be the upper window of the display case, so I have to route a rabbet to install the glass. A relatively simple task if we use a plunge router. The router bit makes a rabbet with round corners, but with a chisel I make them square.

Cut the plywood base

The other square frame is the lower part of the display case structure. It goes on the circles on the legs. I just need to cut a square of plywood to close the hole. It will also serve as a base to put the earthenware pot. The side of this plywood square is equal to the side of the square hole in the base of the structure, which is slightly larger than the side of the inner square hole of the wood frame.

Making the wood glazing beads

Making wooden glazing beads for window glass

Now I can finish making the glazing beads to put the glass to the display case. I have to thickness the glazing beads and I have to cut them to size.

Numbering the glazing beads for the glasses

And I’m going to number the glazing beads so I can put them back in position. The glazing beads on the structure were cut to size, one by one, at right angles, retouched and adjusted. The ones for the window were miter cut.

Drilling guide holes for screwing the wooden glazing beads in the display case

All these glazing beads will be screwed with decorative brass screws, so I have to drill a couple of pilot holes in each wooden glazing bead. And then I put each glazing bead in its position in the window and in the structure, and I mark with a thin nail where to drill all the guide holes to match the glazing bead holes. So now I can drill all those pilot holes, put in the glass and screw in the glazing beads.

In the third part of this article we will see how to put the decorations and the legs of this display case in place, and how to finish the display case.

See in this links all the parts on how to make this display case for the queimada earthenware pot:

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