Shadow box with pedestal mount

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Project by jfk4032 posted 10-12-2017 07:22 PM 1527 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a shadow box for my uncle, a Korean War vet. I offered to make a shadow box at his funeral and my Aunt wanted to include his dog tags and his favorite veteran hat he wore all the time. I tried to combine traditional military shadow box designs I’ve seen with a touch of Jewish tradition. Following the Jewish custom for simplistic coffin design, this shadow box is fully made of regular pine with no hardware or metal parts. I just used wood glue and some dowels for the basic structure and two part epoxy to embed the plexiglass into the removable side panel.

I scroll cut a Star of David and designed it to fit within the outer ring of 3 shell casings from his military funeral service gun salute. I turned a small knob to hold a dowel to keep the removable side panel secure through the backside and not want to slide out unintentionally. No finish was applied, just a good sanding through the grits keeping with the simplistic theme.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#1 posted 10-12-2017 10:43 PM

Joe, that flag display case looks great, nice job. The small deck on the front will definitely keep it from being confused with a store bought version.

ps – I’m building one now also for my Dad’s flag … he passed away last year.


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#2 posted 10-13-2017 02:17 AM

Very nice, very respectful.

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#3 posted 10-13-2017 04:12 PM

Joel, what a nice gesture to your Aunt. The star of David is a real personal touch.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 10-13-2017 04:14 PM

You did a very nice job on this.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 10-15-2017 04:25 PM

Beautiful craftsmanship as always. A fitting tribute to a loved and respected relative and veteran..

-- Once in awhile I make something really great. Most days I just make sawdust.

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