USN Chief Petty Officer Shadow Box

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Project by Pat Cavanaugh posted 07-05-2012 09:13 PM 5741 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the vein of my USAF chevron shadow box, this US Navy Chief Petty Officer shadow box was a commissioned piece for a friend. The box is walnut and the inlay is Baltic Birch ply with Birdseye Maple veneer. The “crow” required the most work as the detail on it does not allow for template work. I first cut it out with a scroll saw, then traced the outline over the top rocker and the door itself. Then I routed the ouline “manually”. Once it was fitting in place, I scrolled out the center section of the rocker. And to give it a little extra, the crow stands proud of the rocker by about 1/16”. Since he is in the medical service, I added the caduceus to the inside of the glass. The last picture is what he gave me to work with. Thanks for looking.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#1 posted 07-05-2012 09:39 PM


Being in the Navy myself, “Most excellent job!!” Nice creativity on this shadowbox.


-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic.... :)

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#2 posted 07-05-2012 09:45 PM

Nice im sure he will really like his shadow box. Outstanding Job. What did you us a finish for the shadow box?

-- --May you have fair winds and following seas--

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#3 posted 07-05-2012 10:37 PM

Well done indeed—that looks awesome and will go over well I’m sure.


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#4 posted 07-06-2012 12:20 AM

I’m a Navy Corpsman and a Chief so I definitely love this. Great job.

-- HMC(SW) Ancheta, United States Navy (Active)

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#5 posted 07-06-2012 07:00 AM

My wife and I are both ex-Navy. I was a Damage Controlman and she was a Corpsman, so it definitely is appealing to her for the rate love. We both think it looks great.

-- Chris-Woodstock, Illinois

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#6 posted 07-06-2012 01:17 PM

Way kool Pat. Very nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 07-06-2012 01:21 PM

Really nice, clean, and neat.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 07-06-2012 07:19 PM

Very Nice! Agree w/ helluva…smooth, neat and very clean!

-- Frenchie from Lebo, Kansas

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Pat Cavanaugh

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#9 posted 07-07-2012 02:24 AM

Thank you everyone for the kind words. RKaste, my usual finish is Formby’s Tung Oil Finish. It is a hand rubbed polyurethane blend. I typically apply 4 coats sanding with 320 grit between coats. The final coat is then buffed with a white synthetic sanding pad to remove any fine dust and residue that may have settled during drying.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#10 posted 07-07-2012 06:28 AM

Very Nice Project! Thanks for Posting!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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