Chiefs Retirement Shadow Box/Table

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Project by Mikesawdust posted 11-13-2013 06:45 PM 2119 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a piece I just completed and finished for a retiring Air Force Chief. I had wanted to try making one of these after seeing a few examples here on lumberjocks. I tried to make it as unique as possible and fit all the desires of the retiring chief, he loved it.
The main woods are Alder and European Walnut. The legs are a segmented glueup with a walnut stripe down each side. The legs were then tapered on the sharp edges then rounded so the go from square top to nearly round at the base. The inlayed stripes were cut with a laser, much easier than any alternative. The underside of the lid was lasered with his personal info and badges included in the squadron, then below the opening I included a timeline of his career, I made special entries for family items as well. I installed a small lifted area under the window that displays his ribbons and medals, this area has foam under the cloth so the items displayed can be removed for use. I also installed a small, if not hidden at least not obvious, drawer for documents. The walnut decorative strips help disguise the drawer when closed.
All the joinery was with pocket screws and hidden with the cloth covered panels after. also although the legs extend to the top, the area in the shadow box only has two sides, so the legs don’t impinge on the space inside.
I hope you find the build interesting, thanks

-- You never cut a piece to short, you are just prepping that piece for a future project

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#1 posted 11-13-2013 06:48 PM

Beautiful table Mike. I bet he was thrilled with it. Fine job sir

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#2 posted 11-13-2013 07:52 PM

Great looking shadowbox/table. Fine work!!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#3 posted 11-13-2013 10:14 PM

Excellent attention to detail. It is good to see a retirement gift not purchased from the trophy shop outside the base.

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#4 posted 11-14-2013 03:15 PM

Excellent job, worthy of his service. DonB, USN Ret

-- DonB

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#5 posted 11-16-2013 07:11 PM

Thank you all for the comments on this build. I was very honored when the Chief requested I build his shadow box. He was very happy with the price, I and the personnel in my unit decided the price was exactly 30 years of service for a Chief that always supported his enlisted personnel and their families.

-- You never cut a piece to short, you are just prepping that piece for a future project

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#6 posted 11-18-2013 07:40 PM

wow that is amazing..nice work..and needless to say you payed attention to detail..nice

-- "the hard jobs will take a while..the impossible will take a bit longer"

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