USMC Shadow Box

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Project by BillGo posted 05-09-2021 09:53 PM 630 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was inspired by Topnotch and woody1492 to make a military shadow box for my son for his birthday. The project was great and it caused us to have some great conversations as we went through his stuff and worked together to decide what to put in it. I also got a great deal of help from watching YouTube videos, in particular: In the end it got a bunch of his military treasure out of his drawers and boxes, and presented in a way he will be proud to talk about.

The frame was made of hickory, which I chose for the color and grain as I wanted something lighter in color, but with a simple grain to make the uniform and bright color of the felt come out.

On the back, I used a laser cutter to etch the quote about what it means to be a Marine.

I got a deal on some “museum glass” which is really cool. It is very low glare, and it is really hard to tell it is even there in some lighting situations.

The frame was sanded down to 320, and I wet it twice to raise the grain using 220 and again after 320, and finally finishing with shellac.

-- Bill - in New Hampshire

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#1 posted 05-09-2021 09:55 PM

Awesome tribute.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#2 posted 05-09-2021 10:33 PM

Well done!!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#3 posted 05-10-2021 01:00 AM

please thank your son for his duty bill,you did a hell of a great job in presenting all of this in a beautiful presentation case that im sure makes him proud as well as you are. i stand at attention too the flag hand over heart,and i mean my flag that flies 24/7/365 lit at night. may god bless him bill.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 05-10-2021 01:25 AM

Very nicely done. Thank your son for his service.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 05-10-2021 01:05 PM

Very nice!

-- Gary -

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#6 posted 05-10-2021 01:18 PM

Thanks guys. I appreciate all the positive thoughts to my son Scott.

-- Bill - in New Hampshire

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#7 posted 05-10-2021 02:54 PM

Very Nicely Done…

-- Cal, South Carolina,USMC

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#8 posted 05-10-2021 03:37 PM

One of the nicest service related shadow boxes I’ve seen so far. I haven’t seen one done like that before, it is really spectacular when you have the dress jacket along with his accomplishments. Super tribute to your son and tell him thanks for his service.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#9 posted 05-12-2021 03:34 AM

Thanks John. I agree, the dress jacket is super sharp.

-- Bill - in New Hampshire

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#10 posted 05-21-2021 04:01 AM

BZ – very nice project and keepsake. Thanks for your son’s service!

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

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