Retirement Shadow Boxes

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Project by DnD posted 09-28-2020 05:00 PM 1050 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked to design and build a shadowbox for a retiring AF member. The member had a very successful career and loved to cook for events and functions. I decided to make 2 boxes; one for the career and one for cooking.

I used Mahogany as my medium, General Finish semi-gloss for the finish. All screws are brass, UV protective glass and Wall Buddies for the hangers. All joints are splined with Wenge to strengthen the corners.

Always looking for was to improve my skills, so please comment with any suggestions.

Thank you for looking!


-- Brian in Texas

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#1 posted 09-28-2020 07:26 PM


Those are really nice. What did you use to soften or “round” the edges of the boxes? I have never thought of flat material for a flag box to hold in the glass. Simple but it looks really nice. I have always made some ogee molding or something. I will try your look next time. Thanks for posting

-- Petey

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#2 posted 09-29-2020 02:13 AM

Very nice work! Have been involved in Public Safety for many years. You gave me an idea for a display of badges, patches and name tags from my career. Thanks, I greatly appreciate you sharing your project!

-- Be safe out there

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#3 posted 09-29-2020 10:26 AM

Looks good so far!

-- Eric, New Philadelphia, Ohio

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#4 posted 09-29-2020 01:51 PM

Petey, I used an 1/8* round over bit and finished up by sanding. I like the idea of using an ogee and have in the past. I almost always use an ogee on flag boxes, it gives it some elagence which that type of box deserves. Thanks for the kind words.

Jake, Glad this project was able to provide some ideas for you. If you decide to make a shadow box for yourself, please share. Always like seeing new ideas.

-- Brian in Texas

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#5 posted 09-30-2020 09:39 PM

Nicely done, I have to make my son one. Haven’t decided what direction to go yet.

-- John in Florida

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#6 posted 10-03-2020 11:23 AM

Nice work, and congratulations to that Mustang!

-- OL CHIEF, Florida Panhandle

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