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Abhorrent Grotesque Aberration






Raleigh

Sure Chibi~~my brother has just started doing a PhD program at Oxford and I recently made friends with a GW bigwig (via his brother) living in Nottingham. Thus I see a trip to England in the not too distant future. We can game first and then I'll build ya a display! If you have trouble sourcing the metal doohickies, I'll even pick some up for you!

Glad you like the case

"drinking liqueur from endangered rain forest flowers cold-distilled over multicolored diamonds while playing croquet on robot elephants using asian swim suit models as living wickets... well, some hobbies are simply more appealing than others." -Sourclams

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AZ

Well the finally got the glass into today and got it placed in side. Only change I did was run two sets of the Dioders lights one down each side. Now just need to finish building my armies and fill up the case
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Malta

Wish i had supplies -.- ... either ways good job



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Abhorrent Grotesque Aberration






Raleigh

@ ice971

Thanks for the update and pics. The double dioder lights are great. As for myself, I have two cases side by side, so they share illumination to some extent.

I love the pics, keep sharing please. Also, I'll be updating with pics of mine as they fill up.

"drinking liqueur from endangered rain forest flowers cold-distilled over multicolored diamonds while playing croquet on robot elephants using asian swim suit models as living wickets... well, some hobbies are simply more appealing than others." -Sourclams

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Roarin' Runtherd





Den Haag, Netherlands

Hi there,
I read your article on this last year and always wanted to do this.
Finally, I've gotten the chance and I'm just getting glass pieces now.

I do have a couple of questions though, especially regarding the type of glass you acquired for your cabinet and the sizing of the 4 extra pieces...

Did you get just standard glass or safety glass?
Edit: Above is a bit silly question, I am aware you used safety glass. I'm asking what type of safety glass you are using, Laminated or Toughened?
I see you provided measurements for exact replicas of the glass provided with the Detolf. When doing my own measurements I saw that if I get shelves 383x300mm then it should rest snugly on the rope clips body (Not the nuts) without potentially sliding around and falling. There is still ~4mm extra between the metal frame this way. Is there a reason you stuck with exact sizes?

Thanks for sharing this, and I have a pic, but I'm struggling to work out how to embed it here.

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Raleigh

Hi Plonka,

I'm happy you found my guide useful. I believe I got toughened safety glass. Regarding the sizes, I really can't remember. I may have been a conservative for a reason, but it's lost to me now. Originally I had planned to sheath the threads of the rope clips in snug rubber tubing to prevent slipping or use some adhesive non-slip rubber "bumps", but the shelves don't move at all! I say this as a resident of Japan (the ground tends to move around).

I'd love to see your pics! You should upload them to your dakka gallery.


"drinking liqueur from endangered rain forest flowers cold-distilled over multicolored diamonds while playing croquet on robot elephants using asian swim suit models as living wickets... well, some hobbies are simply more appealing than others." -Sourclams

AesSedai's guide to building a custom glass display case for your figures

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Den Haag, Netherlands

Hi and thanks for letting me know your reasons and answering. Been pretty busy so not been able to get a pic yet, but will soon.
Was planning to get glass this week, but it's not looking likely and also quite expensive.

I'm actually considering just buying another unit and using the glass because it may be cheaper than buying the extra 4 shelves separately.

Why Ikea dont sell extra shelves or make the actual unit the same size as the glass shelves they already sell, I have no idea...

Edit: It IS cheaper to buy a new unit.

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Den Haag, Netherlands

In the end I just went to Ikea and bought another Detolf, and used only the glass shelves from that.
Finally, got a pic of the cabinet:

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Raleigh

You know, buying a second Detolf is a really good idea. I'm sure that will be a cheaper option for many people!

"drinking liqueur from endangered rain forest flowers cold-distilled over multicolored diamonds while playing croquet on robot elephants using asian swim suit models as living wickets... well, some hobbies are simply more appealing than others." -Sourclams

AesSedai's guide to building a custom glass display case for your figures

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Den Haag, Netherlands

It was definitely cheaper and easier for me just to buy another Detolf and use the shelves.
I do wonder if there is going to be an easy way to cut up and prepare the rest of the glass... My dremel perhaps.

Got the lights in today, not tidy yet, but at least installed:



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At this point, I think I'm going to go ahead and get my armies in.
I've waited long enough, and I can install cable tidies in easy enough I think.

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Isn't that crazy that it's cheaper just to buy a second unit, use the shelves, and throw away the rest than it is to get 4 new shelves cut?

   
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Den Haag, Netherlands

 Ifurita wrote:
Isn't that crazy that it's cheaper just to buy a second unit, use the shelves, and throw away the rest than it is to get 4 new shelves cut?


Yep, I don't know how Ikea manage to do it so cheap, but here in Netherlands, its 50 euros for a Detolf, and 50-100 euros for cut glass (I called a lot of places).
bear in mind that's just for 4 shelves.

Ridiculous pricing.

EDIT: It would be cheaper if Ikea sold spares for the Detolf, as they do for a lot of stuff, but they don't.
I asked about this, and I was told they don't sell spares for glass things like this because its dangerous.


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And a final image with cables tidied to sides.
Time to get the armies in!

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Raleigh

Looking great!

"drinking liqueur from endangered rain forest flowers cold-distilled over multicolored diamonds while playing croquet on robot elephants using asian swim suit models as living wickets... well, some hobbies are simply more appealing than others." -Sourclams

AesSedai's guide to building a custom glass display case for your figures

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Den Haag, Netherlands

Thanks!

I got most of it filled now, mostly with Orks, but soon my Fists will be more in number.

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Innawoods

That looks really good!

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Raleigh

Would love to see more pics, Plonka. A full case of orks and fists sounds epic.

"drinking liqueur from endangered rain forest flowers cold-distilled over multicolored diamonds while playing croquet on robot elephants using asian swim suit models as living wickets... well, some hobbies are simply more appealing than others." -Sourclams

AesSedai's guide to building a custom glass display case for your figures

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Made in ca
Powerful Spawning Champion





Shred City.

Went out and grabbed these from Ikea a few months ago. The OP isn't kidding when he says a second person is required to assemble these. It's hell without a friend to help.

I'm now running out of space with some new armies in the works, so this thread is a huge help, time to expand them to 8 shelves per tower!! Thanks for the awesome tutorial, friend.

Apparently the 5mm rope clips are hard to find. Honestly Canada sucks for just about everything.

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Vancouver, BC

Both Ikeas in my area have a scratch/dent clearance area. There is often a room attached to that where they repair and/or /build display stock. Each time I go, I ask if they have any spare shelves for the Detolf and I got lucky on the second attempt. They had a spare set for $15. You can also inquire at the returns counter for spare parts like the shelves.
   
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Shred City.

 Rickfactor wrote:
Both Ikeas in my area have a scratch/dent clearance area. There is often a room attached to that where they repair and/or /build display stock. Each time I go, I ask if they have any spare shelves for the Detolf and I got lucky on the second attempt. They had a spare set for $15. You can also inquire at the returns counter for spare parts like the shelves.


Awesome tip, I'll have to do this because I was contemplating just buying new units for the spares, since getting glass cut custom is insanely expensive. What's the deal? A whole unit for 79.99 yet custom glass cuts are hundreds. I wonder where Ikea sources their stuff, obviously not locally or anywhere near their HQ that's for damn sure.

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Shred City.

Hey all. So listen, I've got the glass shelves now, and I'm searching for the rope clips. All my stores have the measurements in inches, not mm. The smallest sizes I see are 1/4" clips, and 1/8" clips. It seems like both will work if I just tighten them enough, but I'm not sure. I won't be able to return the items, can anyone give me some advice before I spend the dosh on them, pleeeeease?

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Vancouver, BC

 PrehistoricUFO wrote:
Hey all. So listen, I've got the glass shelves now, and I'm searching for the rope clips. All my stores have the measurements in inches, not mm. The smallest sizes I see are 1/4" clips, and 1/8" clips. It seems like both will work if I just tighten them enough, but I'm not sure. I won't be able to return the items, can anyone give me some advice before I spend the dosh on them, pleeeeease?


There are two types of Detolf display cases that I know of. I have one of each. One has thin wire-like supports that the glass rests on and the other has thicker poles with small suction cup extensions. The pole version can be built without the glass as the poles support the base and top while the wire version (I think is the current version they sell) can't.

I purchased the 1/8" wire rope clips and they fit the wire type rails but there was an issue. I bought one pack that fit perfect and tighten up to grip the rails and hold the weight of the glass. The pack only came with three clips and I wanted four so I bought a single somewhere else which is also 1/8 but the bracket where the U-shaped part slips through has some "feet" on it so that I could not tighten down the nuts to get a tight enough fit. I had to shave off the feet to get it to match the others.

I drew a diagram so that it makes sense what I'm trying to describe.

   
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Shred City.

Yeah I'm concerned about having to do that. I don't have any tools that can shave steel like that. All 24 I need are only 30 bucks, I guess I can just try it, and if they don't work I'll just throw them in my dad's tool room and buy a different set. *sigh*

I have the wire support Detolf you described. This is the clip I'm going to get, if seeing it helps any: http://www.lowes.ca/ropes-chains/blue-hawk-14-chain-rope-clip_8785901.html

Thanks a lot RICKFACTORRRRRR.

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Vancouver, BC

Home depot probably sells them cheaper.

http://www.homedepot.ca/product/1-8-inches-wire-rope-clipthimble-set-14-7/966992
   
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Powerful Spawning Champion





Shred City.

So wait, you think 1/8" is the optimal size for the wire-support Detolf? Not 1/4"?

Thanks for your help Rick.

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Made in ca
Boosting Ultramarine Biker





Vancouver, BC

Mine are 1/8. The loop fits better but I had to install them backwards as the internal concave portion is a bit too small. I may open them up a bit with a drill. The original poster used 3/16 so both sizes will work as they have a bit of play in the adjustment.

Another idea is to buy some brass or steel rod. Brake line from an auto parts store will do. Cut it into the same lenghts as the existing cross beams and wire it in with picture wire where you want it. I was going to do it this way first but they did not have thin enough rod at the local hardware store.

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Aberdeen, Scotland

Success!

IKEA now deliver to my part of Scotland Might finally be able to try this.

Although I echo what Plonka2000 said above, it's cheaper to buy 2 x Detolf's than go finding made to measure shelving :/

Seems stupid but hey-ho.

As for dust proofing, I'd be quite interested to know from any ventilation experts out there on the size of fan one would need to positively pressure a glass cabinet!

Ah heck, I'll just use foam.
   
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Brisbane, Australia

I know this may be taken as a slur, so let me preface my question by noting that I'm only asking out of curiousity, from what I've heard from japanese friends and those who've lived there.

I'm aware that Japan has earthquakes that occur often and are sometimes disastrous. We'd only need to look at fukushima to find an example of that. Assuming you get even mild tremors in your neck of the woods, doesn't it worry you that these cabinets may shatter or be damaged?

Of course, I've never experienced an earthquake, so maybe this isn't a concern. Call me crazy?

 
   
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Roarin' Runtherd





Den Haag, Netherlands

Hi guys, just thought I'd chime in and answer some questions from my experiences.

The clips I used were 5mm clips ordered from this very same ebay seller here:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Wire-rope-grip-U-bolt-clamp-5mm-wire-pack-10-/111067247320
they work great by the way, I'll try and take a pic of how mine are mounted if I can find time.

Also to answer NiallCampbell and others, yes, it worked out much cheaper to order a second Detolf than buy custom cut glass. Something I'm still looking into is finding somewhere that will cut up the spare glass from the 2nd Detolf into more shelves, as this would make it much cheaper for me to buy a 3rd and have shelves...
I put some extra pics on my blog here:
http://followkman.com/?p=1294

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Shred City.

So yeah I just finished mine today. Sadly my only complete army is my Necron force, but the rest will fill the shelf as they become display-worthy. I refuse to put anything in there that isn't fully painted. I'll gradually fill it:



I bought two additional Detolfs for their three shelves, and then sold the rest of the unit locally to offset the cost of the shelves. FAR cheaper than getting them custom cut. My Ikea didn't have Dioder strips (claim they won't be getting them again) so I went ahead and just grabbed the round LEDs, which have a neutral soft tone to it, instead of a super bright white blast so I can actually use it as a light for the room rather than purely a display solution.

I went with the 3/16" rope chain clips, they fit perfectly. I decided to make the middle area the wider open spot, to put the bigger items in the center. On the left side where my little lone Slann is, I plan to have a large conversion there, so lots of space was needed. AesSedai you really did a great job pioneering this for us, it worked flawlessly and could be done pretty cheaply if you play your cards right. Great work!

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