Retirement Shadow Box with case

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Project by Charles Maxwell posted 12-26-2007 05:27 AM 37881 views 38 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started this project months before I retired. It was supposed to be a retirement gift to another retiring naval officer. Let’s just say he didn’t earn my respect so, I kept the box and made it my own! It’s Walnut and has Maple trim that I salvaged from Ike’s HQ in London (I was stationed at NAVEUR in London for three years). The flag was flown over the new U.S. Embassy in Kabal after the Taliban went away! The eagle carving on the case lid is a design taken from a John Bellamy eagle. The eagle is carved from Holly.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#1 posted 12-26-2007 07:00 AM

Well Cmdr. Max (at least it looks like the 3 bars) your box is 4.0 I really appreciate the detail and craftsmanship. I would like to see a little bigger picture though. Congratulations on retiring from the USN. I was a HM2 from 1964-1970. I would have stayed in and made it a career – but they would not agree to making me an Admiral.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 12-26-2007 03:09 PM

Congratulations on your retirement, and thank you for your service!

Great looking box.

-- Still learning everything

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#3 posted 12-26-2007 03:16 PM

great work max i like the story as well !

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#4 posted 12-26-2007 03:22 PM

Congrats on your retirement, Sir. (ADJ2 65 – 69) Beautiful box!

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#5 posted 12-26-2007 05:44 PM

Nice work! Glad you got to keep it.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#6 posted 12-26-2007 06:18 PM

Wow, very special and beautiful too. Nice work. Thanks.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#7 posted 12-26-2007 07:02 PM

Beautiful work and THANK YOU for your years of decated service to our nation. God Bless and enjoy your reitrement.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#8 posted 12-26-2007 08:23 PM

Congratulations on your retirement!

The box looks great. Glad you kept it for yourself.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#9 posted 12-26-2007 09:41 PM

It’s quite nice. I like the contrast in the joinery.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#10 posted 12-26-2007 10:40 PM

Congratulations Charles. Beautiful job on the box. A great momento with a few nostalgic pieces as well.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 01-05-2008 03:02 AM

Very nice job sir. I am also getting ready to “think” about retirement from the Navy. I have 20 years in now and hopefully picking up LCDR soon. I was 14 years (seniorchief) enlisted. If the SWO community keeps me then I will just have to stay in for a bit longer. I love this job!! This is my new hobby now and I will put this in my favorites for future retirement gifts. Very nice job. I see the finger joints, but do you have any info on the demensions and anything on the inside as well? Again a nice piece and congrats on your retirement!!

-- The tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goals, the tragedy of life lies in not having goals to reach for.

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#12 posted 01-05-2008 03:37 AM

First, congrats on your very successful Navy career and thanks for your service to country. I’ve been retired one year now and I’m taking two years to find a way to build a small business doing what I love – woodwork. I’ve built a few wooden clocks that seem to be a big hit and have potential for demand in the timber frame homes market. We’ll see how that goes! I’d be happy to share the details of my retirement box with you – always ready to help out a fellow SWO Dog. I’ll snap a few more pics and draw up the design. I’ll post the pics on my Google Picasa site and send you the link. My email is [email protected] (also my picasa user name). Let’s stay in touch. Max

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#13 posted 01-06-2008 02:58 AM

Beautiful work. That will be in the family for generations.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#14 posted 01-06-2008 04:43 AM

Very nice looking box. Thank you for your service to our country!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#15 posted 01-07-2008 04:32 AM

great box…great reason to keep it…may your retirement bring you happiness…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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