How to make a showcase door.

Making the door for the small wall display case for collectibles

The manufacture of this small display case for the lead knight collection is progressing little by little. It is time to make the door, and although I use systems and techniques that I have already used in other entries, I was not going to fail to make the corresponding entry.

The most complicated part of making a door can be deciding what size to make it. I was never quite sure how much to adjust the door to the sides of a piece of furniture and when I wanted to adjust too much I ended up needing to sand the sides to make it fit or so it wouldn’t rub too much. Perhaps it will seem exaggerated to the very detailed ones, but I decided to leave a one millimeter clearance around, to avoid problems, especially with the opening system that I will use. I think with harder wood than this I might be a little more accurate, but with the experience I have with the wood I usually use and taking stock of my ability when it comes to fitting doors, I decided to stay on the safe side.

Drill the head of the slats.

To join the central strip I use the same system that I used with the sides of the display case. The problem is that now the ribbon is longer than the height of my pillar drill. The base and head of these vertical drills are usually attached to the center column with a single screw, which is easy to loosen with an allen wrench of the appropriate size. Just lay the drill base sideways on the edge of the table and anchor it securely, loosen the base screw or head screw and turn the head so that it is cantilevered on that side of the table. In this way we can take advantage of the height of the table to drill the head of the slats that are too long.

Do not drill misaligned holes.

As I mention in the video, my first intention was to reinforce with a pair of tubular bolts the corners that I made with 45º joints, but after drilling all the corners totally confident that they would fit well, it turned out that the sides of the joint were not at the same level. I should have done just one corner and see what the result was like, it would have saved me some work, but there are days when you think everything is going to be fine and then you get a shock.

Glue the door of the showcase.

After recovering from the disappointment I decided to glue one of those small dowels in each hole and cut them flush with the surface (if you look at the video, when I glue the pieces you can see the tubillons even with the surface where I apply the carpenter’s glue. And in the photo you can see how they were misaligned). And finally I glued the miter joints directly and without further reinforcement. Once the glue was dry I used the circular saw to cut some slots in the corners to put some pieces of marquetry to reinforce them, but we will see this in a future post.

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