USAF MSgt Shadow Box Door (Pat Cavanaugh design)

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This is a shadow box I am making for a USAF Master Sergeant (MSgt) that has worked for me for the past 10 years. She has been an outstanding NCO who will be missed.

This box is based off Pat Cavanaugh’s design ( who has done some beautiful shadow boxes. They are very nice.

When I first considered making her a shadow box I remembered I had Pat’s project as one of my favorites. At that time I contacted Pat about getting one made. I knew pat had made several and that he sold them. And as I am all for supporting my fellow woodworkers, our craft, etc I originally thought I’d have him make one. Unfortunately the price Pat quoted me far exceeded my budget (the section I am responsible for is only 8 people, including myself). Pat’s price was about what I expected and was extremely fair and I would have gladly paid it if I could.

In the end I decided I liked the design so much that I would make one for her. I hope you don’t mind Pat.

I still have to make the box that this will front.

It is walnut on maple. And after getting this far I can say even more emphatically Pat’s price was not only fair, but considering the labor and difficulty I’ve had practically a give away! I’m not sure of how Pat makes his, but from what I tell from his pictures his stripes are flush while mine are raised. My star and the circle in the middle are even further raised in order to give it more dimension (and to hide the fact that they are not as tightly inlaid as I would like).

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#1 posted 04-04-2012 10:37 PM

Not a bad effort for your first attempt…BZ

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#2 posted 04-04-2012 10:51 PM

Great job Yanks!

Thanks for posting!
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#3 posted 04-04-2012 10:53 PM

Lookin’ good DY

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#4 posted 04-05-2012 12:42 AM

Wow not that is purdy. That will be a wonderful gift. Great job!

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#5 posted 04-05-2012 03:24 PM

Rob; Wow, that looks great! I am sure she will aprreciate it.

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#6 posted 04-05-2012 03:48 PM

Beautiful! I can imagine all the work involved.
Excellent job.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#7 posted 04-05-2012 04:00 PM

Very beautiful indeed

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#8 posted 04-05-2012 04:36 PM

Rob, They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and I feel very flattered right now. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#9 posted 04-05-2012 04:49 PM

Pat I am very glad to hear that. I hope you got my PM.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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