Air Force Shadow Box / Table, Take 2

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Project by WMD2006 posted 03-28-2014 10:14 PM 1768 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A little over a year ago I built a cherry shadow table for a retiring Air Force member. We spent some time picking out the design and settled on the square version with reverse-tapered legs. Fast forward to a few months back, one of his friends saw the now-completed table and wanted his own. His was modified to be a rectangle and be constructed from walnut, but is otherwise built the same.
At the same time, I had a request for another identical table in cherry so I built them both concurrently to save some effort in setup. These also gave me an excuse to try out my Domino joiner (Merry Christmas to me!) which made things almost too easy.
The biggest challenge was getting the lower shelf on the walnut table to match, since it’s birch plywood. I ended up using a few extremely thin coats of aniline walnut dye in denatured alcohol to get the color close, then stained it the same as the rest. I don’t think I could have been any happier with the result.
The cherry table was finished in spray lacquer and the walnut version was done in high-gloss polyurethane.

-- -MDWhite

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#1 posted 03-29-2014 12:17 AM

Beautiful shadow box! Now you gotta put stuff in it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#2 posted 03-29-2014 11:47 AM

Fill er up. Nice job

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 03-29-2014 11:54 PM

This is a very cool build, and design. Nice one.

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

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