Military shadow box for a retiring hero

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Project by Mikesawdust posted 07-09-2015 04:59 PM 1666 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was proud to do this project for one of our members who was combat injured and is being forced to retire do to injuries. Derrick has made an amazing recovery and kills the PT test as well as playing and competing in several sports but the doctors have told us he has to separate.
I decided to hit a new mark with this table and I think I succeeded. Major woods were Sapele, Elm, and Black and white Ebony for Plugs and drawer Pulls. I documented the build as I went in a blog The experience was great and for once the wood didn’t decide to make my life harder by twisting.
The engraved mirror and the lasered EOD badge on bookmatched walnut were added. The mirror includes his Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal (Bomb Disposal) badge and important medals, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Comendation Medal with Valor and the Combat Action Medal. We still don’t have his final date so I will add that as a brass plaque when we have it. I have a flag that was flown over the EOD Memorial that will be cased in the shadow box area.

I hope he and his family enjoy this and his children remember his sacrifices for our nation.

-- You never cut a piece to short, you are just prepping that piece for a future project

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#1 posted 07-09-2015 05:42 PM

Indeed, you hit that one out of the park! Thank you so much for taking the time to honor our vets. These men and women are the next Greatest Generation. Keep charging.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#2 posted 07-09-2015 08:15 PM

This is wonderful ,very cool design & beautiful piece,it’s always great to see our vets honored.


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#3 posted 07-09-2015 08:40 PM

You did an amazing job on this. As a Vet myself I really appreciate you doing this. Wonderful work, wonderful thought, just perfect.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#4 posted 07-09-2015 08:57 PM

I really like this design and it is very well crafted. Great job!

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

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#5 posted 07-10-2015 10:57 AM

Sorry he has to retire – like the rest of us, given a choice we would stay. Excellent box. I know he’ll appreciate your efforts to honor his service. Well done.

-- DonB

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#6 posted 07-12-2015 06:33 AM

That is a beautiful tribute to a well deserving individual. Great design and excellent craftsmanship.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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