First Air Force Symbol Shadow Box

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Project by Nate L. posted 10-14-2014 04:11 AM 2751 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, this was definitely a learning experience. I did everything the hardest way possible, but I got it done. I figured out that it is a really bad idea to cut out EACH and EVERY piece individually and get good joints. I would do it completely differently if I had to do it again. The biggest mistake I made was not laminating the five pieces for the wings together before cutting them out. Live and learn I guess. =) Any criticism or advice is more than welcome. This project was a bit discouraging as it made me feel inadequate and frustrated due to lack of knowledge and experience.


-- Nate, Fredericksburg, VA,

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#1 posted 10-14-2014 01:15 PM

I don’t know what you’re talking about; that looks pretty sharp to me! I did my first AF symbol box earlier this year and was too much of a chicken to inlay the stripes.

What kinds of wood did you use to get the different colors? The grain in the star looks perfect.

-- -MDWhite

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Nate L.

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#2 posted 10-14-2014 01:58 PM

That looks really nice! There is actually no inlay in mine, it is all .75” strips of wood cut and glued together. I cut each piece out with my BS and then sanded it down to shape. As soon as I got done doing that, I realized that was about the dumbest way to do it. I should have cut strips to the correct width and long enough for two wings and then glued them together, then cut the wings out of the laminated piece. I was pretty happy with the star but the wings were a complete nightmare. =)

-- Nate, Fredericksburg, VA,

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#3 posted 10-14-2014 02:17 PM

I forgot to mention that I used Padauk and Red Oak.

-- Nate, Fredericksburg, VA,

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#4 posted 10-14-2014 07:59 PM

nice wood combination…. I like it a lot

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#5 posted 10-15-2014 03:35 AM

Nate, once again, I think it looks amazing. Excellent job!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC

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#6 posted 10-16-2014 12:36 AM

Thank you for all the kind words. Does anyone have any suggestions for mounting it to a wall? I am guessing it weighs about 15lbs.

-- Nate, Fredericksburg, VA,

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#7 posted 10-16-2014 10:22 AM

I have started to use this from Lowes. Again great job.

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#8 posted 03-20-2019 04:49 PM

Looks great!

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#9 posted 03-20-2019 04:51 PM

Very nice. I’m retired from the Air Force Reserves.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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