Detolf Glass Door Cabinet

Detolf Glass Door Cabinet

IKEA – DETOLF, Glass-door cabinet, With a glass-door cabinet, you can show off as well as protect your glassware or your favorite collection.You can easily brighten up your display objects as the glass-door cabinet is designed to include lighting.
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Detolf Glass Door Cabinet

Detolf cabinets have become the economic go-to display case for practically every collector of every flavor out there. I’ve seen them in other homes and even in stores. There is even a Flickr group dedicated to Detolf owners. I’d say one aspect that attracts people are their versatility, as clever owners have found ways to add additional shelves, add additional lighting, and even dust proof them. However, I think the reason everyone loves them is that they’re cheap!
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Detolf Glass Door Cabinet

I had to take a short break from model building this month. On the side, I had been acquiring more and more figures and I was running low on available space in my small apartment. I had a nice spot that could fit two Detolf cabinets, but building my own custom cabinet seemed like a good adventure.
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Detolf Glass Door Cabinet

Because you’re in contest with the hard glass walls on either side, you end up getting limited by the wide bases or outstretched arms and weapons that figures and models tend to have. Look at these pictures. The open shelf on the left is only 3 inches wider than the Detolf, but having no walls lets me maximize the space and place twice the number of figures. This makes having a wider case much more appealing.
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Detolf Glass Door Cabinet

Since this is a “DETOLF Dual Mod” and not a custom build, I’m putting two sheets of glass together in the back instead of one big one. But this is what happens when you’re not absolutely perfect. Now, a commercial solution to this problem is to buy stuff called h-channel (example). Plastic extrusion companies make this stuff in all sizes and colors, and I needed it to be for 3/16″ material and clear. No luck. The companies around here that cater to this sort of thing either didn’t have that size, or they required a huge minimum order (like 1750 feet with no samples. DisplayProducts.net).
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Detolf Glass Door Cabinet

It seems that the number one display case for collectors has for a long time been the almighty Ikea Detolf. There’s a good reason that it is, its a great display case! As a collector, I have for many years looked for the ultimate display case and have bought and sold many, but I still own 6 of these in my collection. I have always tossed the idea around about how even better these would be if they were a little wider. Well someone did just that and it looks amazing. Long time collector, Cody Bredendick, now brings Eternal Collector his story. Check it out!
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Detolf Glass Door Cabinet

I wanted to also raise the case up off the ground a bit. I’m very tall, so having to look 6 feet down at figures at the bottom of the case isn’t fun. I put my first Detolf up on another IKEA piece of furniture that I cut shorter to fit the space and liked that. If it went too tall I couldn’t put any oversized figures on the top of the case, so 10 inches was going to be just right.
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Detolf Glass Door Cabinet

After those channels were cut, it had to be clamped and glued. Having only two pipe clamps limits my options, but one of those Detolf boxes weighs 90 pounds alone, so that helped add a little pressure. In the last shot you can see that the dowels barely show, so it was ok to put them all the way through the wood. They also prove it’s “REAL WOODWORKING.” 🙂
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…was 275 dollars. And that’s basic, rough-cut tempered glass — no beveled edges like the IKEA glass. When you add in wood, stain, and all the mounting hardware I’d need, I’d probably be looking at 350 to 400 dollars total. That’s pretty much when the light-bulb activated.
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That said, there isn’t much else to say. I drew from basic woodworking and cabinet making skills that I know, so pictures do a good job of telling the rest of the story.
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They’re typically 60 dollars at IKEA. SIXTY DOLLARS. In December last year, they were even selling the beige sets for 20 bucks a pop! There really isn’t any other competition. I have browsed for other all-glass cabinets and similar display cases in the past, and the cheapest comparable thing you’ll find is well into the middle hundreds. The cases you’ll see in stores are over a thousand dollars, even in liquidation sales!
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IKEA – VITTSJÖ, Shelving unit, , Tempered glass and metal are durable materials that provide an open, airy feel.A simple unit can be enough storage for a limited space or the foundation for a larger storage solution if your needs change.Adjustable feet for stability on uneven floors.You can select the look you like best because the top and bottom panels have one black-brown and one black side.