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post #1 of 58 (permalink) Old 12-28-2012, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
 
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JEM inspired display case project

After biting the bullet and purchasing my first JEM ('87 JEM777DY), I decided on a project to build my own display case. Still waiting on the guitar to arrive, but picked up some things to start this project.

I haven't fully designed the case yet, but bought things I wish to incorporate in it, and I'll post progress in this thread.

Since vines are synonymous with JEMs I couldn't pass up this trim for the glass door.



The case will be stained wood, but these cans jumped right off the shelf at me. I only wish to use the color on some small places. Like maybe a top plaque with 3 sevens in a triangle, one of each color.



And this is the trapezoidal shape of the case I started on. This piece will be covered in black backing material.

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post #2 of 58 (permalink) Old 12-28-2012, 03:05 PM
 
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Subscribed. Can't wait to see how this turns out.
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Interesting, I hope they don't move this thread, it is a Jem/uv item!!!
Good luck!
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I will be watching also, cant wait to see the final product!!!
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post #5 of 58 (permalink) Old 12-28-2012, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
 
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I like when cool coincidences happen. I went back to the hardware to buy some stain for the case, and when checking out I see a magic number for cost of the stain. How fitting for this project.



I decided to spend some time today jumping straight to the small wooden plaque at the top. I cut a trapezoid piece of wood, drew in some 7's and carved them out.



Then colored in each 7 with the florescent paint. I actually just sprayed it into the can top and dabbed an artist brush in it. The stained the wood. So, this was really a test, but I like the way it came out so I'll use it.



I plan to just make one more small plaque at the bottom that will use the florescents again, and that will probably be it.
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Good luck with it man! Looking forward to seeing how it turns out.
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post #7 of 58 (permalink) Old 12-29-2012, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks guys. Moving right along on a Saturday morning. I don't expect this project to take too long.

Using my '89 RG570 for picture scale purposes until the JEM comes in.



I hate working with non-standard angles. But, it worked out fairly well so far.

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Question. Paint the leaves or not? I was considering actually painting the leaves on the vines a dark green, but I think that will be too much. I think dark stain by itself will be good enough. The only color being the symbols at the top and bottom. But I know you'll get a better idea once stain is actually applied.



Still need to finish the vine trim at the top and bottom



And the disappearing pyramid still needs the pink top added

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Wow, amazing
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Great idea! Looking good so far!
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Paint the vines!
Also--the 777 would look better in a pyramid, not a trapezoid.
It does look great--but the pyramid would really be a nice touch.
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I'd take it a step farther and throw some kind of lighting in it too.
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I'd take it a step farther and throw some kind of lighting in it too.
Great idea--I would, too!
LED strips on all 4 sides--color changing RGB ones.
They're inexpensive, and would really take it over the top.

Oh...and neon green felt or plush for the back.
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Black satin for the back stitched like they do for Coffin cases.
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post #15 of 58 (permalink) Old 12-30-2012, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
 
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I'm still on the fence about the vines. I took a scrap piece vine molding and stained it, and I like the way stain brought everything out on it's own (see below). I want the case to be nice but subtle, the real artwork will be what is hanging inside of course.

In the morning I'll test paint some of the leaves on this scrap piece just to be sure, otherwise, I think it's going to be just stained and varnished.

The color changing LED lights is definitely an interesting thing, not something I was expecting to do on this build, but will leave it open for the future to be added in.

The fabric I have for the backing will be black.

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