I am thinking of making a display case for my daughter's spoon collection.
My concern is the outgassing dammaging the spoons.
1) What wood that is workable has the least natural acidity?
2) What glues to stay away from?
3) What finishes to stay away from?
My plan is to let the case "breath" for at least one month after
I want to make my daughter a display case for her spoons. Since the spoons
are silver & Pewter & unknown pot metal, I want to select materials that
will not attack the spoons.
1) Which wood has the least aklines that is reasonably available and
2) Which finishes cure in about one month without still having major out
3) Which finishes to stay away from?
While I can work with woods of most densities, Ipe / rosewood is about my
> I want to make my daughter a display case for her spoons. Since the
> are silver & Pewter & unknown pot metal, I want to select materials
> will not attack the spoons.
Ever wonder why silver chests are lined?
I would chose a nonacidic wood such as pine, popular or maple and a white
glue for this type of project. test with litmus paper before final
selection. Yellow glue might be fine I don't know. For the finish maybe a
acrilic plastic would be best but I would go with polly or even a wax or
lacquer finish. What ever you do the spoons are going to tarnish. JMO
Avoid wool around sulphur (sulphur from it encourages tarnish). If
you're going to felt-line it, don't use a wool felt.
Close fabric contact can be a moisture trap, especially in some
Both softwood and hardwoods can be harmful. Resins and tannins are
both to be strongly avoided. Birch, beech and lime are good inner case
Avoid solvents, especially those that out-gas from paints and glues
over a long period. Admittedly this is less of a risk for metals.
Foam core board is your friend for making lots of quick little display
Silver chests use a special felt, called Pacific cloth, that nearly
eliminates tarnishing of silver. You could use it to line your spoon
display case, and it should have the same effect. I recently built a
silver chest and used Pacific cloth. It's very easy to work with. I
got mine here:
My folks reworked an old wardrobe into a china closet, and displayed their
sterling in it. It had large doors, with glass, and many internal shelves.
On the shelf that they put the sterling on they lined back top and bottom
with pacific cloth, and had very little tarnish problems. Over time, yes
there was change, but it was over a fairly long time.
The pewter I've had, hasn't been affected by house atmosphere much, and
never tarnished appreciably. Just kept it clean.
Pot metal??? No idea.
I read somewhere that display cases should not be made out of oak, because
it causes an acidic atmosphere, but I wouldn't bet money that is true.
Meaning, better check it out.
Do you have a museum or art gallery in the area? Those guys are in the
business of preserving things, they might be able to help.
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