Shadow Box

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Project by WistysWoodWorkingWonders posted 05-20-2013 05:07 PM 4278 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this shadow box for a friend who was retiring from the Canadian Armed Forces last year.
What started off with a basic design and build, soon turned into a much larger and unexpected effort as my friend came up with different thoughts on what he wanted in his shadow box.
The first design had only the Canadian flag with the plaques with his service history – a basic build. This soon changed as my friend wanted to add his medals to the design. After that was the Logistics Flag, again increasing the size of the box. Finally, when he brought me the Canadian Flag, it was the largest he could find, last increase to the depth of the box.
Onto the build, I used mostly walnut for the build, with some plywood for holding the Logistics Flag. I used some maple cross members to hold the Logistics Flag and plaques away from the Canadian Flag to give the shadow box some depth and character. Adding his medals was a great touch and they ended up fitting perfectly. I had to position them very carefully so I could drill holes for the pin backs.
The main box is just a simple squared box with dovetails to join the sides. A face frame with mitered corners was added to the front to hold the glass.
The overall weight of the box was, well let’s just say HEAVY!
When I brought the shadow box into the reception hall where the ceremony was to be held, Jeff saw it and although he was in the middle of a conversation with several of his friends, he immediately stopped, came over and thanked me – he said it was exactly what he was hoping for (with tears in his eyes!).
I am very thankful he liked the shadow box, it is a great showcase for the service he put in for his Country!
Congratulations on your retirement Jeff and Servitium Nulli Secundus!

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#1 posted 05-23-2013 03:54 PM

Good looking and well crafted shadow box! Like the nice set up of the mementos and flag. Great work!

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#2 posted 05-26-2013 12:02 PM

Very nicely done. I like the layers of display

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