AF Emblem Inlay Shadow Box

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Project by Pat Cavanaugh posted 10-15-2010 04:10 PM 3854 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box uses a solid face with inlay rather than 11 individual pieces. Additionally, there is a through hole that allows a single star on a US flag to show through. The idea to use the inlay came from the receptionist at the glass company where I have my glass cut. I was showing her pictures of the previous AF emblem box and she thought it was inlay. And then it dawned on me, why not use inlay as it is so easy to cut with the router and the inlay bushing kit. I definitely prefer this design due to the ease of construction and the fact that it is true to the official AF emblem (2nd picture). The box and face are made from red oak and the inlay is 1/4” birch plywood stained with ebony stain. Everything was finished with 4 coats of hand-rubbed low gloss tung oil. The client was very happy.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#1 posted 10-16-2010 02:19 AM

Nice work, Pat!

-- You can lead a horse to water, but you can't tie his shoes. Blaze Foley

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#2 posted 10-16-2010 02:34 AM

Great looking box Pat.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#3 posted 10-16-2010 08:14 AM

good idea about the inlay, it looks great.
Would be lovely hanging on someones wall.

-- Theresa,

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#4 posted 10-16-2010 01:45 PM

Very clever to show the flag star through an integration of the AF symbol

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#5 posted 10-17-2010 04:23 AM

Thank you everyone.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#6 posted 10-21-2010 04:39 AM

Very nice

-- Nathan Corson

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#7 posted 10-26-2010 12:59 AM

very nice

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#8 posted 05-06-2011 04:43 AM

I’m new to the site but I would love to know what you charge for a nice shadow box like this one? Please let me know I am soon to be retired from the USAF and my career was ICBMs. Missiles mainly Minuteman III, and some Peacekeepers and Delta, and Atlas missiles. Please let me know if you have any ideas along these lines. Again keep up the exceptionally job.

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#9 posted 05-06-2011 04:44 AM

This has to be the best looking AF Logo box i have ever seen!!!!

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#10 posted 05-06-2011 04:49 AM

Have you ever done missile shaped boxes or missile badge boxes?

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