My girlfriend collects watches. She loves them. There are getting to be quite a pile of time pieces in her general vicinity. I’ve looked at watch cabinets. I found some jewelry boxes that were customized for watches. But if you want a watch cabinet – you’re looking at big bucks! They are beautiful and come with glass doors and shelves for displaying watches. They are also hundreds of dollars. Some are thousands of dollars. At best, the most feasible ones (only hundreds of dollars) hold a dozen watches. I felt that I could do better, and cheaper.
I had a vision in my head about a dark wooden cabinet – probably one you’d see in a bathroom or for small knickknacks. My idea was to remove the shelf (or shelves) and put in some plexi-glass dividers. The plan was to fit them in much like the cardboard dividers in a wine box, with each shelf having slots in it for the cross-shelf to fit into.
I started hunting for cabinets. They are not easy to find, let me tell you. And they are EXPENSIVE. I thought about converting a medicine cabinet to have a glass front instead of a mirror, and then we stumbled upon something when on an outing to Canadian Tire. In their bathroom section, they had the exact bathroom cabinet I had envisioned. When we checked the price, it was on sale for $36… down from $90! Jackpot!
Here’s how we built the shelves:
All in all, I spent:
|Super cool exacto knife||$5|
Which is pretty awesome compared to spending $10000 on this bad boy: