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post #1 of 9 Old 01-09-2018, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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Sealed Guitar wall display case

hi all, first post. was hoping you guys might be able to guide me on a project i had in mind

i have a really nice guitar that doesnt get played much because it sits in its case most of the time. in the moment i reach for my beat up guitars i hang on my wall. being in nyc they all have humidity cracks hence the reason i dont keep the nice one out. i got to thinking why couldnt i just build a display case i could mount on the wall? it would have to be sealed with some sort of gasket, would have to be lockable, and as low volume interior as possible to make it easier to keep humidity in.

I went online and found the perfect case but im not inclined to pay $1000+ for it! CLICK HERE

- this seems to be the dimensions: 46" height; 8" width top, 23" bottom; 8" depth
- for humidity i will use 2 way humidifier packets, will add a hygrometer in there as well
- was thinking a piano hinge for the door, acrylic for the door window, and 3 Drawbolts to lock the door
- finish will be piano black paint so fancy wood isnt a must . thinking 3/4" ply for case sides and door and 1/2" ply for the back.

my main issue is how to join the angled corners of the case and doors. was thinking finger joints but i dont know how that would work at an angle? trying to avoid having to build some complicated jig. or maybe just gluin in som splines to the corners. then i was thinking maybe keeping it simple and just miter/glue the corners but dont know how sturdy that will be

i never tried building anything like this before so any advice would be helpful.

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post #2 of 9 Old 01-10-2018, 07:09 AM
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I am surprised that the humidity in New York City is causing dryness problems. Is it because of your home air conditioner system? What numbers are you seeing in your living quarters?

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Welcome to the forum! When you get a minute you might add your first name to your signature so we know who we're talking to, and add your location also because it helps with questions like this. Right now we know NYC but that's not something we'll remember.

I've considered building some like the one you referenced but just haven't taken the time. I would probably spline the joints on the back side like I did these in a rectangular door recently -

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I am surprised that the humidity in New York City is causing dryness problems. Is it because of your home air conditioner system? What numbers are you seeing in your living quarters?

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i live in a condo here no central a/c. winters ive been seeing 5-20% which is way too low for guitars that should be 40 -50
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Welcome to the forum! When you get a minute you might add your first name to your signature so we know who we're talking to, and add your location also because it helps with questions like this. Right now we know NYC but that's not something we'll remember.

I've considered building some like the one you referenced but just haven't taken the time. I would probably spline the joints on the back side like I did these in a rectangular door recently -

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pics look sweet , what do you think would be stronger splines like that or THIS
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i found a video of something pretty similar.
i dont understand how he cut the box joints for the door with a jig. he say he didnt run the saw thru the jig all the way thru, would this be tough to do ?
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pics look sweet , what do you think would be stronger splines like that or THIS
No, I think what you've shown would be stronger. But in my case the door isn't thick enough to do more than one and the customer I'm building this for didn't want to see splines, so I hid them on the inside (he was ok with that).

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i found a video of something pretty similar. CLICK HERE i dont understand how he cut the box joints for the door with a jig. he say he didnt run the saw thru the jig all the way thru, would this be tough to do ?
It wouldn't be tough to do, Mike, if you have Matthias' fixtures. Without those you could still get it done but it would be more difficult.

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I don't have all those jigs but I have the table saw and router. Since I'm painting I don't have to use high end wood I'll mess around w some plywood and see what happens.

On another note I don't like that backing he did. Was thinking 3/4 or 1/2 plywood. If I go. That direction should I route a rabet into the plywood so it fits snug or just cut to case size then glue n screw?

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