I’ve been running for a few years now and this year my goal is to complete seven, half-marathon races. Every time you finish a race they give you an award medal. They are all unique and a fun way to remember all the races. I’ve been needing a way to display them., so I designed this rack. It was pretty easy to make and will hold a lot of medals!
I began with the two sides, which are the most complicated. I cut a series of notches using a stack of dado blades on my table saw.
On my router, I cut out a short rabbet for the inspirational message sign to drop into.
Then I cut the decorative angled ends on my bandsaw.
The top cross piece has a notch on each end to create a lap joint with the sides.
And beveled decorative ends.
I like using lap joints because they look nice and are self squaring, making glue-ups easy.
The slats just drop in place. No need for notches on them.
I cut out the letters using my scroll saw and bandsaw.
After painting them silver I glued them to the backer board.
And glued it into those short rabbets I made on the router.
This thin cap piece also has beveled ends and just gets glued on the top.
Finally, I spray lacquered the whole thing and hung in on my office wall using a french cleat.