Harley shadowbox

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Project by Pdub posted 01-22-2014 01:38 AM 3539 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend is retiring from the Air Force and wanted to know if I could make a shadowbox in the shape the Harley Davidson shield. I waited about a month before I agreed to tackle it. It is made of maple, with orange and black Transtint dye and black felt background. It was my first time using Transtint so I had several trial and error test pieces to get the right color. I think it turned out alright and he seemed very happy. The top and bottom of the face are a solid piece cut on a scroll saw and screwed to the middle section. If I make another I will make the front frame pieces a little wider. It almost didn’t hide the box behind it. The glass was cut in three pieces and installed in the back of the face frame. I built a simple stand for it because he doesn’t want to hang it, but forgot to take a picture. Hope ya’ll like it.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#1 posted 01-22-2014 01:59 AM

I’m about to retire from the Air Force too! Congratulate him, and thank him for his service. You did a great job, I’m sure he will love it!

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#2 posted 01-22-2014 02:42 AM

Very cool I have a friend that would love one of these thanks for sharing!

-- Dennis, South Bend ( Go Irish) Indiana

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#3 posted 01-22-2014 07:36 PM


-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#4 posted 01-22-2014 11:03 PM

Thanks everyone.

@Trey- Congrats on your retirement!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#5 posted 01-27-2014 03:22 PM

Way cool shadow box, like the design and colors. Very sleek project that I’m sure your friend loves. Great job!

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#6 posted 02-04-2014 06:59 PM

Awesome, I just built one too for someone retiring from the Air Force. Thought mine was an original lol. Nice job. Here’s mine:

-- I cut three boards and all four were too short.

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