Chevron Shadow Box w/Stand

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Project by Pat Cavanaugh posted 08-07-2011 07:43 AM 3844 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A customer contacted me and asked if she could order one of my chevron shadow boxes with a stand. Well since I had never made one w/a stand before I figured I was up for a challenge. I knew it had to have some weight to it as she wanted it to sit on a table and not fall over. But I also didn’t want it to be too big or else it would take away from the box itself. Additionally it had to be able to be disassembles so it could be easily shipped without adding significantly to the shipping costs. This is what I came up with.

It is three layers of 3/4” oak laminated together. The top layer is actually 2 separate pieces w/50 degree miters on the inside ends. They are only 2 1/2” wide, same depth as the shadow box itself. The second layer started out 3 3/8” wide, 1/8” wider than the finished size. That allowed me to cut off a 3/4” piece off the front edge and cut the curve for the door on the band saw. Then I glued the piece back in place. With a little sanding you couldn’t tell it was ever removed and left me with a nice clean edge without any tool marks. The third layer just raised the box up and additional 3/4”. All 3 layers were run through the router table to provide a decorative edge. Then they were stacked and glued to create the base for the box to sit on. Next I needed a way to keep the box from tipping. I planed down a piece of the oak to 1/2” and cut it to length to meet up with the saw-tooth hanger I installed at the mid rail. Then I cut a 60 degree miter on the top end of the back support so it would slide into the hanger. I also needed a small rabbet to allow the screw holding the bottom back of the shadow box in place to clear the back support. The back support is attached to the base with 4 – 3/4” truss head screws.

The box and stand were stained w/Minwax Whitewash Pickling stain and and the stripes were stained w/Minwax Dark Walnut stain. Everything received 4 coats of Formby’s Tung Oil Finish. Overall I think it came out pretty nice. Thanks for looking.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#1 posted 08-07-2011 03:36 PM

That’s outstanding, Pat. I love it!

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

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#2 posted 08-07-2011 07:45 PM

real nice work, make any sgt’s or their family proud to display….

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#3 posted 08-08-2011 11:00 PM

very precise work Bud !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 08-09-2011 02:08 PM

With the angled base of the stand you could also cut grooves so it could hold coins as well…

-- Jason, JEV Woodworking

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#5 posted 08-09-2011 11:07 PM

Very nice! The stripes and base look great.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#6 posted 08-10-2011 11:25 PM

I am an AF LtCol and I really like your shadow boxes

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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