Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 17:09:18

Author: William Beaty

Subject: Re: display case


On Thu, 17 Feb 2011, Anthony Lapinski wrote:

> We're a high school, and we have a wood shop. I guess our B&G dept could
> build one, but I think it would be easier to just buy one prefabricated.
> Any outlets, switches, etc. I imagine could be added later. I was thinking
> a "low tech" display case..

At MOS Boston, most of our cases were like these two:

These can sit along a wall, or be in the center of of foyer. They do OK
in hands-on environment, while more conventional cases don't survive all
the pounding. Build a hollow pressboard block as the base, 3/4" for weight
so nobody pushes it around (or add crossbeams inside with sandbag weights,
access door on one side.) On top goes a plexiglas box of 1/4" or 5/16"
with glue-welded seams. A slightly undersize wood plate sits on the top
of the base, sized so the plexi box slips over it, then a few
security-head screws are added along the bottom edge of the plexi box
(screwing into the edges of the plate.) Nothing for prying fingers to
grab. If access is more frequent, add threaded inserts for those screws,
so the wood doesn't get chewed up. Access is by having helpers lift off
the plexi box. For constant access, a plexi door with hinges and padlock
gets added to the rear face of the plexi box, then push it against a wall.
If shelves are needed, a freestanding shelf unit can sit inside.

Also see:"display+case""display+case"

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From Thu Feb 17 20:11:21 2011