Years ago I made myself a hanging display case for some beautiful lead collection horses whose riders, armed to the teeth, were crying out for a piece of furniture where they could be exhibited. On that occasion, for the wood joints I cut the dowels by hand and the boxes were made with a drill and chisel. The boxes and the resulting dowels were quite “ugly”, but since they were hidden they are not noticeable and despite being somewhat filled with carpenter’s glue so far they showed no signs of failure.
I recently set out to make a similar display case using the box and tenon milling guides with the router and the circular saw guide. The original display case has two doors, but this time it will have only one.
The dimensions of the slats that I will use are also different, being this time of larger section as seen in the plans of this cabinet, and although they may seem too thick for a piece of furniture of this size, I think it will give a rustic air that will be quite attractive.
Having the milling machine guides well adjusted, the side structures are relatively simple to make and the most difficult thing is to center the small 2×1 cm section strip that goes in the middle. These are connected by means of sockets, for which I drill the corresponding holes with a drill press.
The tricky part is getting the hole drilled perfectly centered in the head of the lath, so I don’t worry too much about finding the exact center of that surface, as it is much easier to measure and mark the center of the edge on the head of the small lath and measure and mark the center of the large lath.
With a centering device that I put in the hole in the head of the lath and the help of a square and aligning the marks of both laths, the centering device marks the exact position where to drill and it does not have to be right on the mark since the hole in the head of the lath may not be centered. Although I now have a vertical table for the pillar drill that allows me to drill the head of the slats with ease.
All about how to make this wooden display case