Display Box

How to Make a Display Box

Equipment and Materials Needed:





A 2 ¾ x ½ x 24 pine
B 1 ¾ x 3 ½ x 16 ½ pine
C 1 ¾ x 3 1/8 x 16 ½ pine
D 1 ¾ x 3/8 x 16 ½ pine
E 1 1/8 x 18 x 25 plywood
F 1 ½ x 16 ½ x 22 ½ cellotex
G 1 17 x 23 PlexiglasTM

Steps for Making a display box:

  1. Make the grooves in Parts A, B and D. You will need to have an adult do this for you or help you do it. (See the plans below for making grooves. )
  2. Align parts A and B so the grooves for the PlexiglasTM match. You can do this by putting part B in place so the other edge of the square fits into its groove.
  3. Nail or screw the two parts together. Do not pound the nails all the way in yet.
  4. Put part C in place so its top edge is even with the bottom of the grooves of the two A parts; fasten part C in place.
  5. Fasten on the plywood bottom, part E, using 1/2-inch brads. There will be enough give in the side piece already assembled so they can be forced, if necessary, to square up with the plywood bottom.
  6. Now slip the PlexiglasTM into place from the part C end of the box. If the PlexiglasTM fits well, you can then finish pounding the nails all the way in.
  7. Remove the PlexiglasTM and glue the cellotex pinning bottom, part F, into place.
  8. Do not nail part D in place. Use a screw instead. You will need to be able to take part D off whenever you want to get into the collection.
  9. Sand and varnish or paint your box, if you want. Do not get paint or varnish in the grooves cut out for the PlexiglasTM.