Here at Grandpa’s Cabinets, I get asked almost daily about how a display case should be sized and designed to get the best looking display of the customers model or piece of art. Each item is different and really needs to be evaluated as to the best way to get it shown with the most impact on the person admiring it.
It seems the majority of items being displayed in a display case are models built with painstaking accuracy and attention to detail and require security and protection from interested hands and dust. Here are a few bits of information I want to pass along to all who are thinking of ordering a display case for their precious items.
When I ask for information about the size of case the customer wants, I always ask for the ‘inside dimensions” that need to be followed as determined by the customer’s model and desires. However, when asked for my input, I recommend the customer allow between 1 and 1/2 inches at the front, back, sides and at the top for the model to have a presence in the case that gives all attention to that item. I feel any more open space just takes away from the item being displayed and serves no purpose other than increased cost.
When a customer wants to display a ship etc., they need to take into account the mounting the item will have in their size requirements. Invariably there will be one or two who forget to allow for those finials or mounts that their model sits on and come up short in the inside height dimension. As I try to do in the woodshop, measure twice and cut once!
In closing, it’s always a very good idea to place your item in the position you want it to be displayed and try a few different poses. When you’re satisfied with the look you want, then measure the case “inside” dimensions you’ll need allowing that 1 1/2 or 2 inches on all sides and the top. I think you’ll be very pleased with the end result once Grandpa’s Cabinets has built you the quality display case to house that very important item. Also, remember, I build display cases for ANYTHING that has value, whether monetarily or sentimentally, that needs protection and a furniture quality display case and EVERYTHING I build is custom and hand made by me personally, right here in the USA!
I look forward to working for you. Contact my website at www.grandpascabinets.com and request a quote on your next custom display case need. You’ll be surprised at how affordable one can be built for your most precious collecible. Ron Baluch
Go to www.grandpascabinets.com or call Ron personally at 586-506-2222 for information and suggestions.