82nd Airborne Shadow Box

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Project by Muzhik posted 11-24-2015 11:06 PM 2396 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second of two shadow boxes I’ve just finished up for a retiring couple. He was in the Army and Air Force (for a few years) during his 25 year career. While in the Army, he was assigned to the legendary 82nd Airborne division. He asked me to do “something Airborne” for his box. The 82nd insignia lends itself nicely to a shadow box.

I built his to match hers with primarily quartersawn white oak, following the same finish schedule I described when I posted hers. For the “AIRBORNE” banner, I selected curly maple. That’s where I incorporated the copper, using a similar process as described previously.

I etched the “All American” A’s from the insignia on the glass, using a mask that I had cut at a glass shop and my new sand blaster. That was fun! I’ll never go back to acid etching.

I echoed the circle in a square motif in the corner jointery with brass plugs on the finger joints. The joints themselves are pinned with 1/4” brass rod, and the plugs are 1/2” in diameter. The banner and its case are attached to the main case with 1/4” brass rod.

A big thank you goes out to fellow Lumberjock rmeredith , who graciously helped me out by allowing me to use his CNC machine AND for building the files necessary to cut the AIRBORNE banner and the template to etch the glass.

The switch for the lights was done in a similar fashion as the Air Force Shadow box I posted earlier (and linked above), with the button for this one being his jump wings, mounted in the top left corner.

Finally, I like to hide little details in my projects. For this one, I carved the 82nd’s motto “All The Way” in the bottom of the flag case. You don’t notice it until you really start inspecting the box (or if you’re really short).

I can’t wait to see what these look like when they’re filled in with the retirees’ memorabilia!

Thanks for taking a look!

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#1 posted 11-25-2015 03:57 AM

Very cool!

-- Scott - and

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#2 posted 11-25-2015 04:34 AM

Every trooper would be proud to have that on display.

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#3 posted 11-25-2015 09:33 AM


-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 11-25-2015 01:42 PM

That is a real cool shadow box. You gave me an idea for this string of LED lights I was given.

Thanks, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 11-25-2015 02:43 PM

Awesome, and the back lighting makes it pop. As a former 82nd troop, I love the iconography of it.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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#6 posted 11-27-2015 02:55 AM

Airborne !!!!

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