My Shadow Box

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Project by GreaseMonkey2275 posted 04-12-2015 05:40 PM 2047 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Most people that retire from the military usually pick out their shadow box and have the unit purchase it or in some cases, co-workers build them. I decided that I wanted to build my own because I wanted something that no one else had or at least something that I had never seen in my twenty years of service. My shadow box was inspired by a ‘32 Ford radiator and it actually stayed relatively close to the manufacturer’s specifications. The wood that I chose is spalted maple that I was able to find from a guy locally (thanks Mike!). The background for my shadow box is one of my uniforms that I wore on my last tour to Afghanistan. My friend and retired refueling mechanic Dennis, turned the radiator cap on his Shopsmith and let me use his sanding disc (also on the Shopsmith) so I could square up a few things that were just a bit off. I was really amazed at what he could do with his SS; I have recently purchased my own and started renovating it (see my blog). Anyways, I hope you enjoy.

-- Jake

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#1 posted 04-12-2015 08:30 PM

Turned out beautiful and is definitely unusual. Well done! Did you simply use a clear finish on the wood or something more?

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 04-12-2015 09:10 PM

All I did was put three coats of clear on it with a OO steel wool in between then wiped it with a tack cloth before the next coat.

-- Jake

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#3 posted 04-12-2015 09:45 PM

it looks great,really well displayed!nice work!

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain

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#4 posted 04-12-2015 11:01 PM

Very nice job. Great choice of wood!

-- -Al, Oak Harbor, WA

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#5 posted 04-13-2015 03:53 PM

Very original, Jake. Thanks for your service.

-- --Dale Page

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#6 posted 04-13-2015 07:25 PM

That’s very nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 04-14-2015 11:30 AM

Thank You for your service Jake. Unique indeed. I like your “out of the box” idea. You did nice work and the finish is top shelf. Congrats on retiring – now enjoy!

-- DonB

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