One Off AF Emblem Shadow Box

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Project by Pat Cavanaugh posted 03-29-2011 05:37 PM 4839 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So a couple weeks ago I received the below message from a USAF Major whom I commissioned 12+ years ago.

“Hope all is well…I have a shadow box question? Shadow box idea: AF emblem on front, instead of a star, a F-15 Strike Eagle Cut Out, allow the front to open…room for the US Flag at the bottom (you can see it through the F-15 cut out.)”

Figuring this might be an opportunity to actually use the Delta scrollsaw I recently purchased off Craigslist, I accepted this “challenge”. After exchanging a couple of messages discussing the particulars we agreed on the design.

Construction was fairly straightforward with a couple of minor exceptions. I don’t usually offer a door on this style box so that required a dado for the glass. Normally I use a rabbet around the upper edge for the glass to sit in and then glue the face on after final finishing and placing the glass.

Additionally because the scroll saw is only a 16”, I had to ensure the silohuette cutout was completed before glue up of the door could take place. I think the cutout came out pretty nice for my first real scrollsaw work.

The box and door are whitewashed oak and the stripes are walnut stained birch ply. I’m hope he likes it.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#1 posted 03-29-2011 05:41 PM

Very nice!!!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 03-29-2011 07:17 PM

It looks great. It’s nice when you can add that personal touch to a shadowbox. I’m sure he will be proud to display it.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#3 posted 03-29-2011 08:13 PM

Well done! very clean and a great choice of woods.

I think he will be well pleased.


-- Worlds Best Box Hardware!

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#4 posted 03-29-2011 08:34 PM

Very cool

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#5 posted 03-30-2011 03:10 AM

Thats a great shadow box. As a USAF veteran this really hits home. Thanks for your service.

-- I'm gonna go make some saw dust

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#6 posted 03-30-2011 10:58 AM

Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 03-31-2011 04:06 AM

That is epic!

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#8 posted 06-16-2011 11:13 PM

F-15 Crew Chief for 14 years…still love it.

-- A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. -- Mark Twain

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#9 posted 09-25-2011 05:34 AM

Excellent job! My Dad is a 30 year USAF vet. When I was a little guy, I wanted to fly the F-15 more than anything. The Eagle was always my favorite.

-- Follow my woodworking adventures in The Second Wind Workshop,

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#11 posted 02-25-2016 07:32 PM

I am shopping for a shadow box for my husband who is retiring soon and this shadow box will be perfect for him. Please contact me at [email protected] ASAP to chat. Need to make a decision and order something by tomorrow, Feb 25, 2016.

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