Latest USAF MSgt Shadow Box

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Project by Pat Cavanaugh posted 03-11-2011 12:04 AM 5951 views 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the latest version of my USAF Chevron shadow box. The recepient requested a light colored box with dark stripes. I was apprehensive because I had never made one with the dark stripes and was not sure how it would look. I had recently been using a whitewash stain on the stripes to give more contrast to the dark stain on the boxes. So I thought it might provide a similar contrast if I whitewashed the box. But I wanted approval from the customer.

When the customer delivered the items to be mounted I had prepared some samples with scraps from the box construction. I had already stained the stripes dark. Then I finished one scrap natural with tung oil and one with the whitewash stain and a coat of tung oil. They opted for the whitewash stain and I’m glad they did. I think the visual contrast between the stripes and the box is fantastic. But I may be a little prejudiced. Thanks for looking.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#1 posted 03-11-2011 12:46 AM

Ultra nice, great job and the colors are perfect!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 03-11-2011 05:01 AM

Outstanding….. as are the items the client brought along to fill the case…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 03-11-2011 08:51 AM

This came out terrific. Great job!

Thanks for your past service and hats off to all the men and women in uniform.

Thanks for sharing – it’s inspirational.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 03-11-2011 05:29 PM

Wonderful box to display some outstanding hardware. Fantastic work, Pat! Many thanks to you and others in uniform, past and present.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#5 posted 08-24-2012 06:26 PM

How can I get this same one made and price for it?

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#6 posted 01-29-2014 08:42 PM

Great job! Is it possible to get one like this but instead of one way of opening, have it open in the middle like “double doors”, my boyfriend would love it.

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