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Display your collection!
We love collecting squished penny souvenirs, and always wanted a perfect way to display them. We used an Ikea table as our base, and added this shadow-box style compartment top, with a glass cover. It takes a little while, but it's well worth it!

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  • How to make a coffee table. Squished Penny Shadowbox Table - Step 1
    Step 1

    We picked a table out from Ikea.

  • How to make a coffee table. Squished Penny Shadowbox Table - Step 2
    Step 2

    Double-check your measurements, and cut 4 pieces of the thicker wood to make a frame.

  • How to make a coffee table. Squished Penny Shadowbox Table - Step 3
    Step 3

    Keep measuring and cutting...

  • How to make a coffee table. Squished Penny Shadowbox Table - Step 4
    Step 4

    ...and then nail the frame together.

  • How to make a coffee table. Squished Penny Shadowbox Table - Step 5
    Step 5

    It should all match up just right!

  • How to make a coffee table. Squished Penny Shadowbox Table - Step 6
    Step 6

    We painted our outer frame white to match the table.

  • How to make a coffee table. Squished Penny Shadowbox Table - Step 7
    Step 7

    Once you've decided on the size of each compartment, divide up the wood into those lengths.

    Set your mitre block to cut to half the depth of the thin wood.

    In groups of 4-5 strips, work your way along, making two cuts, as far apart as the width of the wood.

  • How to make a coffee table. Squished Penny Shadowbox Table - Step 8
    Step 8

    Then, using a small chisel, or a small flathead screwdriver, chip the inner piece of wood out to leave a small notch.

  • How to make a coffee table. Squished Penny Shadowbox Table - Step 9
    Step 9

    Slot each piece of wood together. The notches should match up. Use a soft mallet to flatten out any tough ones!

  • How to make a coffee table. Squished Penny Shadowbox Table - Step 10
    Step 10

    Paint all of your pieces white.

  • How to make a coffee table. Squished Penny Shadowbox Table - Step 11
    Step 11

    Lay all of your pieces together, and take a final measurement of the inside area for the glass. Take off 1 or 2 mm to allow the glass to fit snugly - but not too snug!

    I nailed down my inner frame to the table with small tacks. The outer frame is held in place by small dowels. I drilled holes into the tabletop, and into the outer frame on each corner. Then, the outer frame sits snugly on top. That way, I can change the display by lifting the outer frame, and then the glass.

  • How to make a coffee table. Squished Penny Shadowbox Table - Step 12
    Step 12

    Head to a glazer, and ask for some glass cut tot size. We picked 4mm safety glass. Toughened, or thicker glass costs a lot more. For our table, it shouldn't have to take any weight, and it's well supported, so we went with the cheapest option.

  • How to make a coffee table. Squished Penny Shadowbox Table - Step 13
    Step 13

    Remember, untoughened glass will shatter into sharp pieces. Get toughened if you're worried about that!

  • How to make a coffee table. Squished Penny Shadowbox Table - Step 14
    Step 14

    Lay all of your pennies out in a pattern

  • How to make a coffee table. Squished Penny Shadowbox Table - Step 15
    Step 15

    Then, lay the glass on top. If you've still got spaces for pennies, go do some tourism!

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Steph.
Steph. · Reading, England, GB · 212 projects
that is such a creative idea...I love it! ^^
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