Shadow Box for my Father

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Project by Muzhik posted 01-27-2007 12:10 AM 4470 views 13 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My father and I are both Air Force veterans. He served during the Vietnam War, and has fond memories of his time spent in Thailand. Traditionally, when one retires from military service, they receive a shadow box. My father only served a few years, but commented to me once how much he was jealous of a shadow box a friend of his received when he retired from the Navy reserves. I made this as a Christmas present to him that year. It is bentwood laminated curly maple and mahogany. The shape is derived from the patches worn on Air Force uniforms, which show what Major Command (MAJCOM) and sometimes what unit you belong to.

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#1 posted 01-27-2007 12:15 AM

Thanks for sharing. That’s real special gift and a nice piece of work.

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#2 posted 01-27-2007 12:19 AM

Very unique shape. Nice contrast with the different woods. I bet he was really surprised. I also posted on your profile.

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#3 posted 01-27-2007 12:33 AM

A very nice heirloom gift. I’ll bet he really Cherish’s it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 01-27-2007 12:34 AM

That is awesome! I just left active duty Navy so your project has struck a chord with me. Beauiful work!


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#5 posted 01-27-2007 12:36 AM

Wow! You guys sure are quick! I just now signed up over here b/c I read about the contest. Thanks for the kind remarks. I only learned about this forum yesterday. Looks like I’ll be hanging around.

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#6 posted 01-27-2007 01:18 AM

A wonderful tribute to your Father, Muzhik. Did you make one for yourself?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#7 posted 01-27-2007 01:19 AM

Beautiful looking presentation case. Welcome to LumberJocks

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 01-27-2007 02:05 AM

my guess is that there have been tears involved with this beautiful tribute.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#9 posted 01-27-2007 05:01 AM

I’ll bet he isn’t jealous of that other shadow box any more. This one is beautifully done.

-- Rookster, (

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#10 posted 01-27-2007 05:04 PM

Very Nice, What a beautiful way to honor your Father’s Proud military service. You should be very proud of this project and your father.

-- Marty Ohio

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#11 posted 01-27-2007 11:03 PM


I haven’t made one for myself yet, but I’m still on active duty.

Thanks again, all for the warm welcome.

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#12 posted 01-28-2007 02:39 PM

Very nice. Keep your head down.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#13 posted 02-01-2007 09:13 PM

Extremely nice and well crafted. You should be proud

-- All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.

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#14 posted 07-06-2007 12:59 AM

Great project!

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#15 posted 07-07-2007 03:21 AM

You are a great son! You father must be so proud and happy because of your thoughtfulness. Great looking project.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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