When I was at the demolition shop picking up some old wood for the bar, I came across a large, aged frame. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do with it at the time, but knew that I could make something cool out of it that would fit nicely with the rustic theme of my bar.

Having had some time to consider a good use for the frame, I decided that I would build a wall mounted display shelf for a couple of old helmets I had from work, as well as a plaque and a bunch of patches. I started by gluing the frame to a few bits of extra wood to give it some depth, and then adding a plywood back and floor to it. I threw in a couple of gussets for rigidity, and stained the wood on the back with a Jarrah stain. The plywood got a coat of sealant for a gloss black finish.



Next step was to make a couple of stands to display my old work helmets on. Most of the stands wouldn’t be seen in the final product, so I made them up quite crudely with chunks of wood, foam, tape, and plastic pipe.

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After a few coats of gloss black paint on the inside of the display unit, I did a test mount of my old work helmets and a plaque. The helmet on the left is mounted on a replica, resin skull that I had from an old anatomy collection from when I was studying.

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Once I was pretty happy with the helmet and plaque display, and was pretty sure that the thing wasn’t going to fall off the wall, I started sticking a bunch of patches on it.

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Thanks for looking, dan.