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Every woodworker is an environmentalist at heart. I know this is true because every woodwork I have ever known agonizes about throwing out or (gasp) burning in the wood-stove any scrap of wood that has passed through their hands. To this end most of us seem to look for projects were we have the opportunity to use some of the odd pieces of wood we have laying around, and putting them to some constructive use, and that's exactly what prompted this project. Small pieces of wood left over from a larger project, but what do you do with them?
Well it so happened that a family member was looking for a display cabinet for small glass ornaments. Now the problem with small glass ornaments is they can get lost in large wood structure, which is the reason I opted to use "smoke colored" plastic for the shelves. I hoped they would hold the ornaments without taking away from them with such large thick wooden shelves.
I was fortunate to find that some scrap pieces of glass from an old broken picture frame and being the resourceful type, I had some chunks of plastic collecting dust that would fit the bill nicely.
Thankfully the glass cooperated and fit the size the door (after cutting). I have been told on a number of occasions that old glass seldom breaks the way it is cut. I have news for everyone, glass no matter how old or new it is seldom breaks the way I want it to, but on this one I got lucky, one swift etch, then hang onto the table saw bed with the newly etched edge carefully aligned with the edge of the table and with one quick jerk, the glass broke cleanly.
I decided that rather than have wooden shelves I would use something somewhat less bulky so settled on using on eighth plastic. Because it was very thin I decided that it should be reinforced with a plastic spine underneath the shelf. The glass figurines and not that heavy, but a number of them on one shelf would start making the shelf bend.
All in all, it was a fun project, not complicated and best of all I got to use up some of my scrap wood.
Copyright Colin Knecht