Farewell Salute Shadow Box

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Project by Pat Cavanaugh posted 07-17-2021 03:23 AM 705 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is what I feel is my finest effort in shadow box construction. A former troop contacted me with an idea to incorporate silhouette to make his retirement shadow box unique from all others. This is the giant version of my chevron shadow box. It is made from African mahogany with midnight blue epoxy chevrons. After the epoxy cured, I sanded everything smooth. Then I routed a recess for the saluting silhouette to allow it to be slightly proud of the face of the door. Then final sanding to 400 grit before finishing with 4 coats Minwax Tung Oil Finish. The door was then wet sanded to 1000 grit and the epoxy polished to a glass like consistency. The silhouette is flat black with dead flat clear to contrast the high gloss of the shadow box. Finally I used black hardware to match the silhouette. This box is 42” x 31” x 3.375” and weighs 32 lbs. Thanks for looking.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#1 posted 07-17-2021 05:51 AM

Wow, I am always impressed with your work here on LumberJocks. Thank you for doing this for fellow troops. SMSgt AFR Retired Dan

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#2 posted 07-17-2021 09:09 AM

Pat, that is AWESOME! So well done.

-- Petey

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#3 posted 07-17-2021 11:10 AM

Beautifully done. What a wonderful retirement gift this will be when presented.

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#4 posted 07-17-2021 12:22 PM

Cool looking work.


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#5 posted 07-17-2021 07:18 PM

Absolutely fantastic!

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#6 posted 07-17-2021 11:44 PM

Amazing ! Well planned and well executed.

Thanks for posting.

Bill in MI

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#7 posted 07-19-2021 01:45 AM

That silhouette makes a great looking box even more incredible. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 07-19-2021 02:10 AM

This is so amazing and unique

-- Woodworking Forever

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#9 posted 07-19-2021 02:36 AM

Very nice and one of a kind.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#10 posted 07-19-2021 02:54 AM

OMGosh i wish i could make one of these for my dads metals . this is Beautiful

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#11 posted 07-19-2021 03:48 PM

Excellent job. I make a lot of flag cases for fallen comrades. This is just a wonderful thing you’ve done.

-- What I make is for others....How I make it is for me.

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#12 posted 07-19-2021 09:46 PM

What a great job, one of the nicest ones I’ve seen.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#13 posted 07-20-2021 02:24 AM

Exceptional creation.

-- Gary, Florida

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