Making a shadowbox table for a hero #1: The Plan

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Blog entry by Mikesawdust posted 05-24-2015 08:55 AM 1166 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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A little background:
I decided to make this for a wounded warrior in my unit who is being retired due to combat injuries. He’s an awesome person and does not let himself be limited by his injuries. I won’t go into specifics on his injuries, but he was an EOD operator and was in a major detonation a few years back, since then he has not only come back to full health he competed and won several command level racket ball tournaments and excels at several sports. the military believes his injuries will be debilitating in the future and has decided to medically retire him.
So the plan:
I wanted to make this as a project that he could have forever and pass on as something his children would be proud to have to. I didn’t want just a shadow box that hangs on a wall and usually looks out of place in the house. In short, it needed to be a piece of furniture. I spoke with him on his preferences and decided on a table with multiple wood types. I have been wanting to experiment with a variation on G&G style. I looked at several projects for hall tables and sofa tables and decided on a variation incorporating a shadow box in the top that can be displayed or not. Basically it would have 1. A top that covered the display area when closed. 2. Another top with glass below that with locking mechanism to keep it from easily being accessed by the children. 3. Drawers to make it useful. 4. A lower shelf for stability and to make it more useful.
You might have caught on that “useful” is important to me. Being retired military, I have a lot of dust collectors.

-- You never cut a piece to short, you are just prepping that piece for a future project

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#1 posted 05-24-2015 02:31 PM

Mike, Good for you in creating a “thank you for your sacrifice” gift. He sounds like one tough guy.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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