USAF Symbol Shadow Box - Dual Tone

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Project by WMD2006 posted 05-07-2014 03:23 AM 2544 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first attempt at building the new USAF symbol into a shadowbox, made more interesting by the flag box integrated into the base.
I designed everything in Publisher, then worked with a set of full-scale plans to map the supports onto the back. Trickiest was the variable box joint at the top of the flag triangle that I added for as much strength as possible. The stripes and circle on the front were finished with Kona stain while the rest was done separately with Medium Walnut to give a dual-tone appearance. Once construction was completed I added blue felt to the back as well.

-- -MDWhite

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#1 posted 05-07-2014 10:18 AM

cool, doors are out of alignment. LOL.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#2 posted 05-07-2014 11:53 AM

You did a great job. The woods and finish look nice.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 05-07-2014 05:06 PM

Nice shadowbox.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#4 posted 05-08-2014 03:14 AM

Great job, hope you don’t mind if I favorite and do something along the same line. My son is headed in that direction and I know he would love this. Thanks very much for your service.

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#5 posted 05-08-2014 05:08 PM

Outstanding job. you really outdid yourself on this one. you really did your homework on this one to cut all the right angles. Again Great job.

-- Jim Earl

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#6 posted 05-08-2014 07:21 PM

Nice finish on that piece! The angles must have been tricky to cut but it looks like they didn’t phase you at all.
Did you cut the pieces with a scroll saw or table saw?

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#7 posted 05-09-2014 01:09 PM

Please, copy all you’d like.
The angles were interesting. I used a digital protractor to measure them all on the full-size plans, then cut each one on a miter saw. Since the stripes were thin, I just did one side then resawed them to make the pairs.

-- -MDWhite

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#8 posted 05-10-2014 12:54 PM

This is an very good looking piece

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#9 posted 05-16-2014 01:40 AM

lol, Hunter. This is fantastic.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#10 posted 05-31-2014 02:15 PM

Quigon, you need to send some of your Jedi force powers over here to Korea so your Padawan can start making stuff like this!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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