How to Make a Diecast Car Display Case

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Do you have a small collection of model cars you want to display in a nice wooden display case? These instructions are for building a 3 feet wide by 4 feet tall display unit able to hold cars up to 1-foot long. All that is required are a few basic carpentry tools, wood, screws and stain or paint of your choice.

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Things you need

  • 1/2-inch thick HQ smooth-finish 4-by-8-foot plywood
  • Measuring tape
  • Circular saw
  • Sander
  • Wood stain or paint
  • Screwdriver
  • 1-inch wood screws

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    Cutting The Pieces for Your Display Case

  1. 1

    Take a sheet of plywood and measure out two pieces for the top and bottom of your case measuring 3 feet long and 1 foot wide.

  2. 2

    Measure out two pieces for the sides of your display case 3 feet 11 inches long and 1 foot wide.

  3. 3

    Measure out 3 to 5 pieces 2 feet 11 inches long and 1 foot wide. These are the middle shelves in your display case.

  4. 4

    Measure another piece 3 feet long and 4 feet long for the back of the case.

  5. 5

    Cut all pieces with the circular saw. Sand any rough edges and apply wood stain or paint. Allow it to dry.

    Building Your Display Case

  1. 1

    Gather the top, bottom and side pieces of your display case. Screw the 1 1/2-inch edge of each side piece to the 1 1/2-inch edges of the bottom piece so that they are sitting on top of the bottom piece when you stand it up. Use three screws for each side and screw them up through the bottom piece.

  2. 2

    Attach the top of the unit using three screws on each side. Screw through the top down into the sides. You now have a 3 feet wide and 4 feet tall rectangle that is 1 1/2 feet deep.

  3. 3

    Measure out the spacing for the shelves based on your preference. You may want more shelves in your case if your cars are smaller or you might have a variation in shelf height. Attach the shelves by driving screws from the outer edges of the side panels into the shelves.

  4. 4

    Screw the back onto your display case. Use a screw every 6 inches around the edges and drive them through the back into the sides, top and bottom.

  5. 5

    Stand up your new display case.

Tips and warnings

  • This task is meant for adults only since power tools are involved.

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