How to Build a Coin Display Case

What You'll Need
Wooden box (12 inches long by 8 inches wide and 1 1/2 inches deep)
1 Piece of wood (12 inches by 8 inches by 1 inch)
1 Piece of wood (12 inches by 8 inches by 1/2-inch)
Tape measure
Reciprocating saw
Tack cloth

A coin display case is something you will need if you have a large coin collection. Not only can you show off your coins, but you can also keep them safer. In a coin display case, there’s less danger of them vanishing or becoming scratched and worn. You can buy a coin display case off-the-shelf but making your own allows you to customize it to suit your own collection.

Step 1 - Measuring

Begin by making sure that the 2 pieces of wood fit snugly inside the wooden box,then remove them. Count how many coins you want to display in your coin display case. In a case of this size, it should be no more than 15 (or five per row).

On the thin piece of wood, make measurement 2 inches down on either side of the 8 inch width then draw a line between the marks. Draw further lines at the 4 inch mark and the 6 inch mark.

Now, mark a point at 2 inch intervals along each of these lines. This is where you’ll make the holes for your coins. Set up your coins working from small to large on each row and have the bottom of the circle of each resting on the marks you’ve made on each line. Using your pencil, draw around each coin.

Step 2 - Making Holes

Having shown where each coin will be, you now need to make holes for where they'll eventually sit. Use a thin blade saw to make the holes. They don’t have to be perfectly round; you can use sandpaper to smooth and complete the circle.

Repeat for each of the holes. This is a process that will take time and needs a lot of care. It’s important that you don’t cut outside of the circles you’ve made. When you’ve finished, use sandpaper to make sure all the circles are smooth. Also, sand the entire piece of wood with fine grit sandpaper before using a tack cloth to remove all the sawdust.

Step 3 - Stain

If the wooden box is bare wood, you should stain it to make your coin display case look more appealing. Choose a shade and start by staining the interior and exterior of the box except the base.

You also need to apply stain to the piece of wood where you’ve just cut the holes. Stain the top of it, making sure you also stain the wood inside the holes. Wipe off any excess stain after five minutes and let the wood dry for two hours. After this, stain the underside of the piece of wood with holes and also the base of the box, once again giving the wood ample time to dry.

Step 4 - Finishing

Take the piece of wood that’s 12 inches by 8 inches by 1 inch in size. Cut a piece of felt that is 2 inches larger on all sides. Apply glue to the felt before folding it over the wooden piece so it is fully covered by the material. Allow time to dry. Cut another piece of felt that’s the same size as the inside of the lid. Glue it in place as well.

Put the piece of wood with the felt in the box with the felt side facing up. Now, place the piece of wood with the holes on top of that and your coin display case is ready to fill and use.