What Are Some Good Plans for Building a Shadow Box?


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As of December 2015, good plans for building a shadow box are on websites for Lowe's, Rogue Engineer, Home Hardware and DIY Network. Lowe's decorative display case has 12 small compartments. Made from pine boards, it is a low-cost project that requires intermediate woodworking skills. The illustrated step-by-step instructions are in three parts: building the grid, making the case and adding the frame and trim.

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The shadow box at Rogue Engineer's site is large enough to hold a baby's christening dress and shoes. However, the plans offer the option of adding shelves. Each step is accompanied by a labeled diagram. At certain points the instructions recommend variations for woodworkers who do not have the recommended tools.

Home Hardware's website has plans for a traditional black shadow box that is appropriate for a Mother's Day present. Recommended display items include baby shoes, toys, postcards, seashells and hand castings. Woodworkers make a simple frame with mitered corners and attach a hardboard backing.

DIY Network presents plans for a shadow box coffee table. The instructions have accompanying photographs. Four vintage wooden soda boxes rest on a table base supported by 2x2 inch table legs. Each box holds memorable items with a sheet of tempered glass covering the boxes.

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