Knife display

[Posted elsewhere December 2021]

My friend had some knives given to him (made from lawnmower blades!) that he wanted to display. Decided on a deep box with glass front. 
I used oak which was stained with onyx General Finishes stain and and then High Performance for the finish. The knives are held in place with magnets and are on some small risers.

The black background is a sheet of the felt type material. It adheres really well well although I was worried so I ended up going right up to the edge and then set the back in a rabbet. This allowed me to screw the backer board with no worries that the felt will ever peel back.

For the glass I had a lot of learning opportunities. I did the quarter round that I have held in place with just a bit of glue and then pin nails.

To hold the frame onto the case I have some magnets on the side which attract the screws in the case (I know - not very fancy!). This was one of my major stressors as the sheer strength was questionable. To ensure the frame would stay in place I added some keyhole slots and basically have the front held with those in addition to the magnets holding the sides. This will allow access to the knives, although it takes some effort to get it off and on.

For the last picture, my husband helped redo that wire so it was tight. Also, we added a second just to be sure as this is heavy!

Had a LOT of help from friends on LJ with figuring out design and troubleshooting issues.

Random pictures


The case turned out nice Bard. Well done.

Main Street to the Mountains

i bet he was very happy 😁 with this beautiful display box you have made for these nice knifes  GR8 JOB 😍😎


Fine looking Knives and Case, good job.

-- Soli Deo gloria! ( To God alone be the Glory)

Great to see this fine project "recovered" 😊
Potential future work opportunity as collectors are never done collecting!
Looks good, Barb! The black felt backer really makes the knifes stand out.

The keyhole mount for the frame is a good idea. It’s nice to have a physical backup for the magnetic mount. (For future projects, you might also consider small rare earth magnets in the corners of both the frame and case. Those magnets can be surprisingly strong.)
real nice barb,makes those knives really stand out.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Thanks Eric.  Was a project full of "learning opportunities"

Tony and oldrivers and pottz - thanks!  He was really happy with it.  Glad we went with the dark stain and black background as it keeps the knives as the focus.

Splintergroup- thanks.  No time in the shop so only "recovered work" 🙄

Ron - thanks.  This project changed over the course of the build (I know, sketchup would solve this problem!!).  This led to many challenges, and features that I would not repeat - the keyhole being one (although it worked!).🤷‍♀️
Great looking case and I would never have thought of using magnets to hold the knives. I just learned another good idea on here. Thanks,  Mike.
We are always picking up something, we generally don't think about in a project.

Main Street to the Mountains

Mike - not my idea on the magnets. Pretty sure that one came from splintergroup!  The magnets were SUPER strong (twist to remove and carefully put in place...based on a nice blood blister when I did not do that!) and really did not need more than one on the larger knife.  
I don’t know how I missed this one bb1 but I’m glad I found it. You did a fantastic job of building this display case and giving it such depth with the dark colors along with your expert craftsmanship. The knives are also beautiful. 

I have always felt that if your dog likes something it’s smart to go along with their instincts. They are smarter in some matters than we are. 

James McIntyre

I remember there was a lot of thought that went into this. The end product came out real nice
Thanks James!

Corelz12 - I got a lot of help from LJ as I worked on the method to hold the knives and then had to backtrack when switching from plexiglass to actual glass.  Best part was that my friend was very happy with the outcome.  

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