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Graded Wall Display -- My Attempt
10-10-2013, 08:15 PM
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Graded Wall Display -- My Attempt
After a LONG time of living with my collection stacked out of sight, I'm finally getting what I want. I've looked at pretty much every graded card display case that's out there, and while some are very nice (and VERY expensive), I just never felt like plunking down the cash. I'm a DIY'er, and find it very gratifying when you do something on your own. Now mind you, I'm NOT a wood worker, and this is my first attempt at anything that can be displayed and not seen as a hack job. What do you guys think?

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Now it's not 100% finished yet. I am intent on making a front with a piece of UV protective acrylic to finish it off.

The most sophisticated tool I used for this was a cheap $100 router/table combo from Lowes. The miter joints were cut with a hand saw miter box, and I used a palm sander for most of the heavy sanding. I had some faux suede laying around that I decided to use on the back board to give it a really finished appeal.

Anywho, just thought I'd show off my results and get takes on things to improve on, or thoughts, or whatever.
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10-11-2013, 12:18 AM
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That is very nice! Cant believe you used a hand miter for the corners. I used one for straight cuts for my storage drawer and it was a pain lol

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10-11-2013, 11:38 AM
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(10-11-2013 12:18 AM)branesergen Wrote:  That is very nice! Cant believe you used a hand miter for the corners. I used one for straight cuts for my storage drawer and it was a pain lol

It wasn't easy, and I had to do some sanding to get them plausibly close, but some wood filler and judicious use of stain made them seal up nicely. Oh, and the picture frame clamp works WONDERS to tighten things up:

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That thing was the saving grace because it clamped the ENTIRE outer frame, squared it up, and kept a ton of pressure on the corners while the glue dried.
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10-11-2013, 12:08 PM
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That's a great looking piece. Well done!

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10-11-2013, 05:13 PM
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Ohhhh the clamp! I would have never known or thought about that lol

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10-12-2013, 06:50 AM
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Looking very nice!!

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10-12-2013, 08:33 AM
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Nice work! I'd love to try that someday and your success is very inspiring.


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10-12-2013, 09:22 AM
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(10-11-2013 05:13 PM)branesergen Wrote:  Ohhhh the clamp! I would have never known or thought about that lol

I didn't know about it until about 6 days ago, and found it at the local hardware store. I simply thought "Genius!" and boy does it work.
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10-17-2013, 10:44 PM
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looks great!

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10-18-2013, 06:10 AM
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Immpressive built unit and #22 card collection
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