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Project by Pat Cavanaugh posted 03-30-2015 03:13 AM 1987 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just another trophy. But his one was seen on national television. This past weekend Fallen Oak (golf course owned by the Beau Rivage) hosted the Champions Tour Mississippi Gulf Resorts Classic tournament. The tournament director selected the crystal cup on top of the trophy but wanted a substantial base. They had selected a 2-tier base but it only came in high gloss rosewood and they wanted black. So I was called upon to see what I could do.

I started with 3/4” poplar and duplicated each of the 2 sections. After assembly every little nick and ding was filled and sanded to 320 grit. 2 coats of filler primer with 400 grit sanding between gave me a good base. Next 4 coats of high gloss black lacquer with 600 grit wet sanding after the 1st 2. Finally, 10 coats of clear lacquer with 1000 grit sanding to finish it off. The trophy was attached using gel epoxy.

I didn’t get any personal pictures as the battery in my camera was dead on the morning of delivery. So these are from local media after David Frost won today. The first 3 pictures are of the winner with the trophy. 4th picture is Tom Lehman teeing off with the trophy behind him. And the final picture is of David Frost being presented the $240.000 (yes, I said $240,000) winners check with the trophy on the left side.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#1 posted 03-30-2015 08:27 AM

Pat I’d say you can really beat your chest on this one….great build and it really looks great to boot. So you sell the
shadow boxes on Etsy…and I take it the sales are good for you. Are they your designs or does the customer have an idea of what they want them to look like? You sure make some pretty woodwork….and giving back to us vets is great

Thanks for sharing

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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Pat Cavanaugh

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#2 posted 03-30-2015 12:48 PM

Thank you for the compliments. Business is good. Right where I like it. I average about 1 shadow box a week which keeps me off the street corner and still allows me enough free time to enjoy my retirement. Most of the sales are from standard designs I created router templates for. But occasionally a customer comes up with an idea that I try to fulfill. Here’s a couple examples – To date, I’ve only had to turn down 1 request. Right now I’m redoing a simple shadow box for a retired Marine but also building a matching gun rack for him. To ensure both pieces match, all the parts were cut from the same board. Mahalo

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#3 posted 03-30-2015 05:00 PM

I were David Frost, I would tear up the check and just keep the trophy!!!!!!!!!

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#4 posted 04-02-2015 11:57 AM

Very good Pat

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

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