The age of plastic has made a whole lot of changes in day-to-day errands. With its countless forms and uses, you can never see a place without plastic. Among its many uses is a display case. A display case made of plastic is mostly seen in stores and collectors’ exhibits. It’s handy, durable, is easy to reorganize, and comes in different attractive appearances. Building a display case out of plastic is easy. All you need is basic know-how in attaching Plexiglas to the other materials needed. Here’s how.
- Know the purpose of your display case. Collectors use it for displaying collections. Stores use it for products for sale, while some homes use it as a shelf for an organized storage. In your case, what’s your display case going to be for?
- Determine the design of the display case. If you would do a research of the different display cases on the web, you would notice a variety of designs, sizes and shapes. Designs will depend on the purpose of the case. If is made to display dolls, then you should probably match its appearance for the dolls.
- Collect all needed materials in one place before you begin. Secure a specialized cutter for cutting Plexiglas, Plexiglas, adhesive tape, hot glue or epoxy and acrylic cement. Go to a local hardware store, and seek assistance in buying the appropriate materials for the project.
- Measure the Plexiglas according to your desired dimension of the case. For your convenience, you should estimate the number, size, as well as the shapes of the things you will put inside the case. Every side has to have equal measurements. Suppose, in this project, that a square-shaped display case is your target, you will have to measure 6 squares that are of the same measurement. Be careful when doing this. The appearance of the case will depend greatly on the accuracy of your measurement.
- Using a cutter cut the Plexiglas into squares. Cutting Plexiglas may be a bit difficult. You can lay the Plexiglas sheet on a flat surface for a more stable hold, or you can ask assistance from a friend to hold the other end for you. Don’t worry about the rough edges; you will have to smooth it out in the next step.
- Smooth uneven edges using a coarse sheet or sandpaper to give the Plexiglas an even finish. Avoid rounding the frame so you can attach all edges accurately.
- Connect all sheets. Assemble the Plexiglas into the shape of a box and, through its border, put together the sheets using an adhesive tape. This is only to attach sheets temporarily so you are able to make further corrections when needed.
- After making the necessary adjustments, you can now make the final attachments. Squeeze out acrylic cement in a small dish. Apply a little of the cement on all edges after detaching the tape carefully. This should be done gradually until you think it’s solid.
- Let it dry for two days to get a good bond.
The one featured here is a standard formal display case for books, toys, and tools. You can always make the necessary adjustments and embellishments for your own personal style. Have fun!