From limited edition versions emblazoned with team logos to historic pucks that flew past a goalie to score a winning goal or mark a scoring milestone for a player, there are many different reasons to collect hockey pucks. No matter how big your collection, it cannot be enjoyed by viewers if there is no way to display it. Making a plexiglass display case in which to feature your hockey pucks is quick, inexpensive, and offers the same aesthetic attributes of glass with the added durability of plastic.
Things You'll Need
- Tape Measure
- Table Saw
- Acrylic Cement
Measure five pieces of plexiglass from the plexiglass sheet and mark them with a marker. A 4-inch square measurement will be used as an example in this article. Measure one piece in an equal 4-inch by 4-inch square. This will be the top of the case. Label it the "A" piece with a small sticker.
Measure two more pieces that will become the two "outer" sides. They should be 4 inches wide and 3.75 inches tall as they will adhere to the bottom of the 4-inch by 4-inch square from Step 1. Label both of these pieces "B" with a small sticker.
Measure two more pieces that will comprise the "inner" edges. They will be slightly smaller in order for both of their vertical sides to adhere to the inside vertical edges of the two pieces we cut in Step 2, and their tops to adhere to the inside edges of the square we cut in Step 1. Their measurements should be 3.75-inches by 3.5-inches. Label both of these pieces "C".
Lay the sheet on the table saw and cut the five pieces.
Lay the A square on a flat surface. Stand one of the B squares on the A square directly on top of one of the edges at a perpendicular angle.
Inject acrylic cement in the joint between the two square pieces. The cement will flow into the joint and immediately begin bonding the two pieces together.
Repeat Steps 4 and 5 with the second B square on the edge directly across from the first B square you glued.
Glue both C squares to the bottom piece along the two remaining edges directly across from each other. The pieces were cut a 1/2 inch shorter to allow both of these pieces to be glued to the inside vertical edges of both B pieces.
Glue both vertical edges of the 3.75 inch squares to the inside edges of the two 4-inch pieces. This completes the cube.
Place the hockey puck on a stand or holder and place the cube over top of it so it is completely covered.
Sand the cut edges that will be glued to make sure they are straight and flat with no inconsistencies.
Acrylic cement is toxic and should be handled with gloves to avoid contact with exposed skin.
- "Display Cases You Can Build"; Danny Proulx; 2002
- "How to Build Collectors' Display Cases: Dolls, China, Objets D'Art"; Donald R. Brann; 1979
Michael Faye garnered his first writing credit in the upcoming television documentary series, "Greatest Tank Battles." He is entering his fourth year of full-time television research, having worked on several documentary series for History Television, Discovery International, and a full-length feature examining independent music in the current digital music landscape. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto's professional writing and communications program.