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What are some tips for building a cup and saucer display rack?

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To begin building the display rack, plan ahead for the final size and how many items you want to display on it. Prepare the materials, and gather your safety supplies. Wear protective goggles, gloves and a dust mask to protect yourself from sawdust and wood chips when you construct the shelf.

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In addition to preparing the safety equipment, be sure to have a tape measure, drills bits, a counterbore, a countersink and drill bits. Also get a circular saw, a jigsaw, a level, a stud finder and a combination square, as these are necessary basic pieces of equipment, in addition to the wood and the polishing, sanding and finishing materials. Choose a finish to fit the style of the teacups; matte and glossy finishes complement the items and the room itself in different ways, based on the effect you want to achieve. To make a rack, you need to be familiar with finishing, clamping, sawing and gluing, so practice these basic do-it-yourself skills before you begin the project.

Find and mark the stud locations on the wall, as this provides the rack with the most support. While finish options are widely available for hardwoods, use a paint for a softwood to protect it.

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