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Curio cabinet puts elegance on display

By Don and Dave Runyan, For The Oklahoman Published: November 5, 2012

Featuring elegant glass doors, height-adjustable shelves and an option for an interior light, this versatile curio cabinet project creates a dramatic focal point wherever it's used — living room, dining room, entryway or hall.

Designed to display china, glassware, curios or almost anything else on four tempered-glass shelves, the project is a favorite of collectors everywhere. A mirror can be affixed to the cabinet's interior rear wall for even greater brilliance.

Requiring just 14 board feet of oak hardwood (as pictured; almost any species will work), a sheet of matching plywood, some molding and eight glass panels, the project is a bargain compared to ready-made curio cabinets. Additional materials include a small assortment of hardware, nails and glue.

The cabinet calls for only straight cuts and simple, step-by-step assembly. Easy enough for most woodworkers, construction is simple. First, cut the pieces to size and sand everything. Next, assemble the cabinet and doors separately. Finally, hang the doors, apply finish of choice and install the shelves.

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