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Project by JL7 posted 06-07-2014 06:44 PM 3184 views 6 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this for a friend who gave me a Walnut tree. The Walnut from the tree is still drying in the back yard, but luckily I had some dry Walnut on hand to build this…...! He simply wanted a shadowbox 24” square by 2” deep.

The frame is Black Walnut with a Tiger Maple border and the back is ship-lapped bamboo flooring and is free floating. Used box joints on the corners. There are 2 French cleats on back so the box should sit flush on the wall.

The glass is removable, but it is a delicate process. Used a few dabs of silicone to hold the Tiger Maple strip to the top of the glass.

Finish is rattle can lacquer and a coat of Johnson’s paste wax.

Will probably deliver it tomorrow….......

Thanks for looking!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 06-07-2014 06:55 PM

Nice work, Jeff. He will be proud of his new shadow box.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 06-07-2014 07:04 PM

You certainly have a knack for dovetails. Well done.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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

That looks Grrrrrrreat!!! (In my best Tony The TIGER (maple) voice!!!)

It is sure to be displayed with pride & joy.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 06-07-2014 07:27 PM

Awesome, Jeff! I really like the way you put the tiger wood over the glass. The joinery is Jefftastic! Is the recipient going to put a single item in it, like a jersey, or will shelves be added for display purposes?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#5 posted 06-07-2014 07:35 PM

Thanks for the comments folks!

Don – he is going to put some WWII memorabilia in it, like some old letters, medals and such that he got from his uncle. There may be a few small shelves added (and attached to the back). He will let me know.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 06-07-2014 07:48 PM

Nice project Jeff. A nice way to pay for some walnut.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 06-07-2014 08:19 PM

Beautiful!!! Absolutely great.

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#8 posted 06-07-2014 08:30 PM

Very nice work Jeff.
Those are some really tight joints. Good job.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 06-07-2014 09:17 PM

Great work, Jeff. But, that’s not unusual for you.
Very nice choice of woods.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#10 posted 06-07-2014 10:30 PM

Very nice work. Love the joinery.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 06-07-2014 11:10 PM

Well made box with some care put into the construction not just butt joints and glue and nails .
Well done and the kind of trade I would make any day .

-- Kiefer

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#12 posted 06-07-2014 11:31 PM

Very nice Jeff! I like the way the glass comes out. Probably a mystery to any one who looks at it. May have to build something like that for the firehouse. The people I got the walnut from didn’t ask for anything in return. I did an hour of work for them before I picked up the logs. I think your shadow box is worth more than my one hour of work.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#13 posted 06-07-2014 11:50 PM

Thanks again folks, appreciate all the comments….

Bill, the glass removal is best done with fat masking tape stuck to the glass, and the box laying horizontally. It is not designed to be opened and closed often!!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#14 posted 06-08-2014 12:37 AM

I love this one Jeff. The woods, the joinery, the finish: all perfect. I especially like the “invisible” method to remove the glass front. He is gonna love this!

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

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#15 posted 06-08-2014 01:50 AM

Fantastic. I agree with all the comments. Especially the joinery. Nice, nice, nice.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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