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Building a Custom Hockey Puck Display Case

A couple years ago when I has having my basement finished I set aside an area for displaying some of my hockey memorabilia.  Actually, it was more an area so that I could start collecting the things I always said I would, as I’d kind of held off on collecting much due to space constraints.

I’d wanted to start collecting signed jerseys and sticks so I made sure to plan for those.  Along the way, though, I kind of lucked into some signed pucks that I had no plan for, so I came up with something.  I recently had to update that plan and realized I’d never written any of it down, so I figured I’d write about it here.

The problem I was looking at was that I had three pucks at the time and wanted to be able to add some more.  I also wanted the display to hang on a wall.  Most of the puck display cases available for purchase fit twenty or more pucks.  The smaller ones are built to sit on a tabletop.  I couldn’t find one that was quite what I wanted.

A mock up of how three hockey pucks fit in my hockey puck display case.

A mock up of how three hockey pucks fit in my hockey puck display case.

So I built one, starting with pretty standard 11″ x 14″ shadowbox.  The shadowbox is a little over an inch deep on the inside with a black frame and a black fabric backing.

That inch deep is important, as a hockey puck is 1″ thick and 3″ in diameter.  That also means that there’s room for three of them with a decent amount of space around them.  The pucks are positioned centered at 2 3/4″, 7″, and 11 1/4″ vertically.

Holding them in position are two 5/8″ wooden dowels, painted black and cut to about 7/8″ length.  The dowels are positioned 2 1/4″ apart, centered in the shadowbox, 1 13/32″ below the centerpoint of the puck they’re intended to hold.

The position of the dowels is what makes everything expandable.  When I got my fourth puck, I added a dowel 2 1/4″ to the left and right of the two existing center posts.  Instead of holding a puck in the center pair, I put one in the left pair and one in the right pair.  With the top and bottom rows untouched, my straight line of three pucks became a diamond of four.  Eventually the top and bottom row can be added to until the case displays six pucks.

I did make a mistake when I expanded the case to four pucks.  I cut the dowels much closer to an inch (probably measured one inch and took the line).  That mistake is one of the reasons I wanted to document this, so that next time I would know and not need to re-measure anything.  I don’t think the mistake is noticeable, though.

A photo of my hockey puck display case configured for four pucks.

A photo of my hockey puck display case configured for four pucks.

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DetroitHockey.Net

DetroitHockey.Net is my long-running tribute to the Detroit Red Wings, where I do a lot of writing about the team as well as post photos and stats.

O6 Web Services

O6 Web Services is my web development and hosting company. My professional portfolio can be found on the O6 site as well as ways to contact me if you need work done on your site.

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You know what's a great idea? Having both the singular and plurals of a word as names for two different DB tables.

12/19/2014 - 4:25 PM

OH: "Rebranding of the month club."

12/19/2014 - 3:25 PM