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Kent Barnes
Aug-26-2005, 8:57am
I took a couple of days off this week and built this 'shadow box' to display my mandolins.


Jonathan James
Aug-26-2005, 9:15am
Wow, that's cool. I smell a new custom product offering!

Aug-26-2005, 9:26am
Yes, that is very cool!

Not as fancy as Kent's set up, but it keeps the instruments out for easy access...

man doh
Aug-26-2005, 9:40am
Maybe glass doors and a humidifier and no heat low voltage accent lights.

"To sip wine by the light of my mandolin case."

Kevin K
Aug-26-2005, 10:19am
Kent, Nice display. Can you tell us more on the woods and how you did it.

Manopete, So that's a Collings MF5, Martin D18GE? , and a Weber?

Kent Barnes
Aug-26-2005, 10:26am
The back is just 3/4" plywood covered with black velved. #I used String Swing instrument holders #(see them here) (http://www.fqms.com/String_Swing_Wall_Mount_Hanger_P18392C1055.cfm) from First Quality.

The frame is clear pine from Home Depot. #I cut a knotch in the back to accept the plywood (like a picture frame).

That's it. #The hardest part was waiting for the polyurethane clearcoat to dry so I could mount it. #The only problem is it's heavy -- I had to fasten it to studs in the wall.

Dimensions are 60" tall x 22" wide x 4" deep.

Here's a closer shot.

Aug-26-2005, 10:37am
Makes me think about one with a mirror in the back so that you can see the back of the instrument without having to grab it and take a look.

Kent Barnes
Aug-26-2005, 10:43am
I thought about that, but using mirrored plexiglass (easier to drill holes in). My only concern with that is that the instruments would have stick out further from the wall to really be able to see the back. I wanted these to be as close to the wall as possible (still have younger kids running around, Cub Scout den meetings, etc.)

Aug-26-2005, 10:59am
Very nice... I'm trying to come up with something similar for our instruments at our new house. I like the shadow box idea, and the black background sets off the instruments.

I would like to enclose mine but provide easy access so that I can monitor the RH. My old Flatiron Pancake split on the back and side seams after 20 years due to low RH so I'm trying to be more cognizant of the humidity and how they're stored. Of course, I also live in one of the driest states in the USofA.

Kevin K
Aug-26-2005, 11:07am
Did you put the black velvet on after installing on the wall? Then attach the string swing holders?

Kent Barnes
Aug-26-2005, 12:22pm
I cut the back plywood to size, covered it with velvet (stretched and stapled around the edges), then layed out where I wanted the hangers. I shot a staple on each side of where I was going to drill the hole to keep the velvet from creeping. I used those hammer-in threaded wood-nuts from the back side to accept the hangers.

The frame was actually a 1x8 ripped in half. I cut a rabbet in the frame to accept the plywood back. Construction was very simple.

Coy Wylie
Aug-26-2005, 4:59pm
Though this rack is not as beautiful, it is very functional for multiple instruments. It hangs in my study and whatever I'm playing a lot at the time hangs on it. I got the hangers for $10 off ebay, mounted them on an oak board and anchored it into studs with 3 inch screws.


Aug-26-2005, 5:08pm
Manopete, So that's a Collings MF5, Martin D18GE? , and a Weber?

Collings MF-5, Martin D18-V and a Fletcher Brock Oval-Hole A-Model.

Good Eye!

Aug-26-2005, 5:14pm
Now here's a nice little display...

Aug-26-2005, 6:35pm
That looks sweet http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif

Aug-26-2005, 6:36pm
Holy Cow! There's another use for my lottery winnings...umm...when I win the lottery.


Aug-27-2005, 8:27pm
String Swings. By the way, my children are 5 and 3 years old and 6 months. They do a great job of touching them only when allowed (the training started early). I humidify the room/instruments in the winter--in the case if necessary.

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