A while back, I wrote a tutorial on how to build Lego Minifigure display cases. And was shocked at the popularity of the post.
I got asked a lot of questions (ie what if I don't live in the States and don't have access to the same stores?) and then got to see the fantastic versions people came up with...
This one is from Brickdancer.
He used the same materials (frame and shelves) but laid his frame out in landscape mode instead of portrait. An added bonus to this method - you can get all 16 of each CMF Series on each row! Love it.
Unfortunately, JayLego found out the same way I did that not all Michael's Shadowboxes are created equal. Even though they have the same size and manufacturer name on the label, you must always, always measure. After a few false starts, he finished his case.
He also used a slightly different approach to building his side Lego supports:
I used (from the bottom): (6) 3x1 bricks, (1) inverted slope 2x2, (1)
inverted slope 1x2, and capped it off with (2) 3x1 black tiles. If I did
it again, I would use only (5) 3x1 bricks and (1) 3x1 plate because the
top row is slightly smaller than the other rows.
My total cost for the 1x3's was $4.80 from BrickLink. I bought 80 of
them so my individual cost was $0.06 for each 1x3 brick. It looks like
you might be able to get them for $0.04 or $0.05 from some international
stores, so you're looking at $4 or $5 with a few dollars for shipping.
He used an Ikea Ribba Frame which was a great idea! Not only are Ikea frames inexpensive but the company is international. This is easily doable in the US, Europe - basically wherever there's an Ikea. Here's his tutorial on building the actual shelves:
Cut 2 shelves to the correct length from 25mm x 6mm strip wood. I used
pine but you could do it with plywood or mdf to avoid any potential
warping issues. Warping shouldn't be
an issue in the smaller 25 x 25 frames but could happen in the larger
52 x 52).
Cut each piece of shelving to fit as the inner frames provided
by Ikea are not all the same, so don't assume both shelves will be
identical lengths. Pilot drill the holes for the screws. Screw positions
are shown in pic2. It is easier to use screws than nails as trying to
nail through a stapled together MDF frame will only cause it to fall
Once both shelves are in place and you're happy with them, use
matte black paint to spray the shelf assembly and the back board. Let it
dry fully (the boring part). Then attach the CMF bases to each of the shelves.
TyoSolo also used the same Ribba frames although slightly larger.
I used a 50 x 50 Ribba frame from Ikea, with shelves spaced at 8cm
intervals (top shelf 8.5cm). The shelves were made from 25mm x 6mm pine
stripwood, and sprayed black in satin finish (the stripwood is only £2.88 per 2.4m length). I tried using screws but the pine kept splitting.
the end, I used my staple gun to drive brad-nails in, and tapped them
flush to the inner frame with a hammer. It worked a treat. I followed up
by using black felt on the backing board to finish.
Once finished, I was able to house 6 rows of 14 CMF's.
It's a good thing I'm finished or I would seriously be tempted to re-do my cases using some of the ideas above.
I think we all put a few hours into this project but the end results are more than worth it. Good luck with your version!