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Project by sergeantj posted 06-30-2013 01:34 AM 2044 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was an emotional project like no other because it was for me. I chose to use Hickory and Walnut because of the “live” look of Hickory with two coats of Minwax natural stain. I “enlisted” a couple of my younger troops to complete the task as I was not supposed to work on my own project(but I could not resist aiding in my own retirement gift). Each drawer holds one of the four different uniforms that I have worn in my 21 plus year career and are safely tucked away under glass. The bottom drawer holds the current ABU with the current squadron patch engraved as the drawer pull and suede backer to match the stripes on the sleeve. The third drawer is the BDU with blue suede and my specialty code badge engraved as the drawer pull. The second is the DCU with brown suede as the backer and the Prime BEEF badge engraved. The first drawer holds the service dress uniform with white suede as the backer with the current Air Force logo as the drawer pull. There is a video photo frame uploaded with hundreds of pictures of personnel and projects that I have worked with throughout the years. I still have a few extras to add that include l.e.d lighting and two additional cases as backdrops for the coin rack and photo frame on each shelf. This project was made in two parts, finished with fours coats of Formby’s Tung oil.

-- "If you want it, I can build it"

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#1 posted 06-30-2013 01:53 AM

It looks very nice. I like the combination of walnut and hickory. Congratulations on 21 years of service. I myself have just hit 21 years in the fire service. It’s nice to commemorate something that has been such a big part of your life.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 06-30-2013 02:55 AM

Very very nice cabinet and display area….a job well done by your troops. Also I wish you all the best in your retirement years….well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#3 posted 06-30-2013 09:26 AM

beautiful display cabinet,i love the wood choices.thanks for your service to our country.god bless you and enjoy your retirement.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#4 posted 06-30-2013 09:45 AM

Thank You for your Service in the Military

Your ‘Something for me’ Display Case reflects your commitment to excellence.

Best Wishes for a fulfilling Retirement.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#5 posted 06-30-2013 09:46 AM

now that’s something to be remembered for, very nice

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#6 posted 06-30-2013 03:19 PM

Now this makes me proud, one as a woodworker, and as a fellow retiree too. This case, is the largest shadow box I’ve seen so far. A very fitting piece for someone who served his country and our freedom. Thank you for your sacrifices and loyal service.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#7 posted 07-02-2013 10:07 PM

That is bad ass bud~

-- Ride hard or go home~

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#8 posted 03-08-2014 08:26 PM

Great design, looks good!!!

-- "Your Design or Mine!"

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#9 posted 05-07-2014 09:36 PM

Great work, thanks for your service, I’m interested in your AF master sergeant shadow box. How long does it take to build one?

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#10 posted 05-09-2014 03:46 AM

Thank you all for your comments. Kemp38 I sent you a message.

-- "If you want it, I can build it"

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