Mississippi State Shadow Box

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Project by Pat Cavanaugh posted 02-25-2012 03:45 AM 3319 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This small shadow box was made at the request of a friend who was moving to his new assignment. When most military members depart their unit gives them a small token to remember them by. A common gift is a plaque in the shape of the state they are assigned in. He challenged me to make a shadow box instead of the typical plaque in the shape of Mississippi.

This is one time I was thankful for SketchUp. I found a picture of the state and laid it down as the basis for the box. Then using straignt lines I was able to create the outline for the box. From there, I created each of the 11 pieces needed for the box. Then I was able to get measurements and angles for each of the cuts.

Needless to say assembly was a challenge. Band clamps were useless, but thank goodness for blue tape. I glued 2 or 3 pieces together at a time and then used tape to hold them together until the glue dried. It took about 3 individual glue-ups to get it all together. The face frame is approximately 1 1/2” wide and was routed from a solid glue-up using an MDF template I created. The glass needed to be double strength to accomodate the inside corners Enjoy!

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#1 posted 02-25-2012 03:48 AM

Nice work looks super.

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#2 posted 02-25-2012 12:18 PM

Beautiful job. I’m possitive he will cherrish it for years to come.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#3 posted 02-25-2012 06:26 PM

Looks good, I just started using sketchup myself, beats the 30+ post it notes I have been using, LOL

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#4 posted 09-02-2012 08:15 PM

You never cease to amaze.

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