Building a Wall Display Case

What You'll Need
Wood glue
Power drill
Right angle brackets
Tape measure
Notepad and pencil

A wall display case can make for a functional and decorative addition to your home which can be used for a range of different purposes. By following these steps to build the case yourself, you can also gain a great sense of satisfaction by completing the task yourself.

Step 1 – Design

The first step to building a wall display case is to create a plan that can act as a guide for the construction work. Do this after measuring the area in which you intend to position the case so that you can determine the appropriate height and depth will be. Consider drawing a 3D image of the case to get an idea of what it will look like and note the measurements on your design. Work from this when obtaining the materials and equipment you will require.

Step 2 – Gather Materials

Where possible, obtain materials that are pre-cut to the length that you require for your design to reduce the amount of work you have to undertake. Avoid the use of chipboard for the backing of the wall display case as this is not as sturdy as solid wood.

Step 3 – Measure and Cut

Measure the wood in accordance with the plan you drew up earlier and draw a line where you intend to cut with a straightedge and a pencil. Use a saw to make any required cuts, making sure the grain of the wood is running in the same direction. Tidy any messy edges with some sandpaper to ensure a clean look when the pieces of the wall display case are fitted together.    

Step 4 – Assemble  

Prior to using any adhesives or fasteners on the wood, dry-fit the pieces to ensure that they are properly aligned. Do this by laying the back of the wall display case out on a flat surface and positioning the pieces where you intend to fit them. The top and bottom of the case should be exactly the same size and should span the entire length of the back panel. The sides should fit between these two pieces.

Once you are happy that the outline of the case fits as it should, plot the position of the shelves and mark this with a pencil at either side. Fit two right angle brackets to the inner surface of each side at the point where the shelves will go. You can then apply some wood glue along the edges of the cabinet to attach the corresponding piece – one at a time. When the glue has dried, secure the pieces further by inserting screws. It is better to use too many screws than too little and you should use as many as it takes to ensure the case is sturdy. The same process can be followed to fit the shelves by screwing the brackets into place.

 Step 5 – Finishing Touches   

 Once assembled, you can apply paint, stain or varnish as you desire.