Shadow Box Table for 30-Year Air Force Career

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Project by RobEk posted 01-06-2016 06:56 PM 3734 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had the honor of being asked to make a retirement gift for a 30-year retiring Air Force AMMO CMSgt (E-9).

Made of Walnut and Curly Maple.

Finished with Danish Oil, legs were dyed super dark brown before finishing.

Drawers: The top is for storage of a bunch of miscellaneous items he collected over the years. The bottom is for displaying coins.

Top: Had to add the four 3/4 inch deep inlays across to straighten warping out and prevent it for the future…

I did not carve the legs myself (I wish I was that talented!). I thought they were perfect for the project considering the Air Force eagle and the balls the claws hold reminded me of the round part of the AMMO piss-pot…

He and his wife were very happy, which made all the hours worth it, and I learned a ton doing it. Thanks for looking!

P.S. Not sure what you call the streaking in the Walnut sides, but I really like it. If you know the term and can share I’d appreciate it.

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#1 posted 01-06-2016 08:10 PM

Fantastic Work!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 01-06-2016 08:21 PM

Awesome! Beautiful work!

-- Seeing is believing.

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#3 posted 01-07-2016 05:51 AM

excellent work on this one…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#4 posted 01-07-2016 08:05 PM

In any service getting to E-9 is an accomplishment. This table is really appropriate to honor his time and service, plus serve as a way for him to share his more memorable items. I am sure it will be a conversation piece in the home.

Did you ebonize the legs or was that walnut just that much darker that the rest?


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#5 posted 01-07-2016 08:45 PM

I think I have just found my retirement gift to my self. Was nor sure what I wanted but this looks awesome. Thanks for letting me steal it lol

-- I cut three boards and all four were too short.

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#6 posted 01-07-2016 10:18 PM

Wow! This is a wonderful table.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 01-08-2016 05:29 AM

Skeeter- not stealing, free of charge, thank-you for your service and your efforts to recognise others with your work!

Steve- legs were dyed super dark brown before covering with a few coats of Danish oil.

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#8 posted 01-28-2016 01:58 PM

Woe, it turned out fantastic. I watched the work and still am amazed how well it turned out, the attention to detailed paid off

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

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#9 posted 01-28-2016 07:12 PM

Thanks for the kind words Mike, but couldn’t have done it without you and your wisdom… You saved this project when my back was against the wall for the presentation/ceremony. My sincere thanks to you, Steffano and Mark!

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#10 posted 02-22-2017 12:15 AM

A beautiful heirloom. Fantastic job.

-- AJ

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