Mock up leads to a happy ending
A few months back I wrote about mocking up my latest project, an Arts and Crafts display case. The style is traditional, but the design is original, so I really wanted to get an idea of not only the proportions but also of how it would fill the space it was intended for. I recently brought it in from the shop and received a nod of approval from my most demanding client, my wife.
If you’d like to see how I made it, you can check out the next issue of Fine Woodworking. An article on the case will give you all of the dimensions you need and details of construction, as well as some tips on making an accurate template for routing the through mortises.
Also, the Master Class department will show you how to make the leaded-glass door panels. It’s a dirt-simple technique and adds a nice touch.
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The display case fits the room pretty close to how I imagined it would and everyone is happy to see the finished result.
I made this quick mock up out of hot glue, luaun plywood and craft paper in order to get a sense of proportion and a feel for how it would fit the room. It was also a great way to get input from family members.
A versatile cabinet. I intended the piece to be able to serve as a sideboard in a dining area or bookcase in a den or living room. The shelves behind the doors are deep enough to hold the average dinner plate. The 36-inch high top puts a reading lamp at the perfect height.
Leaded glass doors are not that difficult. Instead of wooden muntins, I decided to break out my glass cutter and soldering iron and make leaded glass panels for the doors. If you've never tried it, the technique is a lot easier that you might think. It took me about two hours to make the panels.
Hardware can make or break a traditional piece like this. I chose hand-hammered hardware made by Gerald Rucks. He makes each pull one at a time. The pyramid screws are an authentic touch but are a little tricky to install. The square corners can scratch the plate if the screws aren't threaded in straight. I used an open-end wrench and went slow.