It has been several weeks since the last update on the display cabinet. Lots of other projects have taken me away from this project but I’m back at it again.
Since the last post, I have finished staining and top coating the cabinet framework, trying to give it an antique distressed look. I planed the boards for the bottom shelf and cut notches on the corner so it would sit on the bottom framework of the cabinet. I oversized the notches a little to allow the wood in the shelf to move. This left some gaps which I plan on filling with black foam rubber to hide the gaps but allow for expansion. When I had this tweaked and fitting in the cabinet, I then installed the leather veneered panels. Once these panels were in place, I set about cutting the brass rods to form a sort of molding around each panel. The addition of this metal was to complement the brass rods for the shelf supports.
The brass rods used for molding were set in place using thick CA glue. I was going to try to miter the ends of the brass rods, but life is too short for this so I set the vertical rods first and then butted the ends of the horizontal rods into the vertical rods. To hold the bottom shelf in place, I used L-brackets underneath the shelf to connect the shelf to the bottom framework. Since I was too lazy to flip the cabinet on its side to set the L brackets in place, I used thick CA glue to set the brackets in place and when the glue had cured I could reach into the bottom cabinet cavity and secure the brackets with screws. Less frustrating than trying to stand on my head and hold the brackets with one hand while trying to navigate the screw in place!
I had originally thought of making the bottom shelf removable or on a hinge so that we could access the bottom cabinet cavity and use it for storage. But knowing our habits, I knew that whatever we stored down there we would never see again, so I scrapped that idea.
My wife would like to have a mirror back on the cabinet instead of wood, so I purchased some ¼ inch birch plywood to screw onto the back of the cabinet, to support the mirror back.
I called a local glass company to get some suggestions for the glass shelves. Looks like 3/8 inch thick glass will work for the shelves. I am going to install an extra set of brass bars next to each of the bars shown in the video just to provide a little extra strength for the shelf support. I can also get the shelves with beveled and polished edges. The mirror and glass sides will be cut to size.
The next step is to make the top of the cabinet, allowing for surface- mounted LED light fixtures. I need to cut the molding for the side glass panels. Hopefully by the next post, the cabinet will be complete!!