Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Custom Acrylic Models Automobile Cabinet

Fig.1 Custom Acrylic Model Car Box
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Cordless screwdriver with Phillips bit
Plastic anchor
Phillips tip #2
Phillips metal screws
Plastic wall anchors
Stainless steel Ogee washer
Stud finder

James Tu called me on my Penny Saver advertisement for a little job. He needed a custom acrylic model car box mounted in his garage wall. Mr. Tu needed this job done immediately and without fuss.

This post shows the twelve steps to hang your acrylic model cabinet.

Step 1: Above fig.1 shows the boxes that Mr. Tu wanted installed. 
Step 2: Check the cabinets and make sure each cabinet is in good shape. No cracks around the hinges, and make sure the front door is working correctly. These cabinets need to be checked prior to hanging them on the wall. Mr. Tu had purchase these cabinets on-line and had not seen and unpacked the new cabinets. 
Step 3: Next use a stud finder on the wallboard of the garage and find the wood stud within the walls. The stud finder will make beep noise to indicate that the stud is nearby. 
Step 4: Once the stud finder finds the stud, mark the wall with a pencil and find the second wood stud. 
Step 5: Use a nail and hammer to make sure the wood stud is in the correct location. 
Step 6: Fig.2
shows to Punch a hole in the wall with a screwdriver only if you can not find a wood stud and the hole needs to be big enough to insert the plastic anchor into the drywall.
Fig.2 Plastic anchor
Step 7: Using a cordless screwdriver with a Phillip #2 tip drive the metal screw into the studs
Step 8: Fig.3 show that a yellow level used to level the box.
Fig.3 Yellow level
Step 9: Place a decorative washer called a Ogee washer to hold the acrylic against the garage wall without damaging the cabinet acrylic walls. Ogee washer can be purchase at any hardware stores and there are many different styles. A stainless steel Ogee washer was used in this job. 
Step 10: Place a level on top of the cabinet as the second screw is being drilled into the wall
Step 11: Fig.4 show the shelves within the acrylic cabinet.
Fig.4 Shelves
Step 12: Once the cabinet is on the wall check to see that the front door closes correctly, one cabinet latch was improperly placed and needed to be adjusted so the door would close. It was difficult to hang the clear acrylic box into the wall, the top lid had to be lifted out of the way and the cabinet had to he held for the cordless drill into the cabinet. Fig.5 show the end product. Now Mr.Tu can house all his expensive toy models.
Fig.5 End product

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