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Trinket/Shadow Box (Iraq Display) #3: Finally completed my first box!

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Blog entry by Sgt_Lobo posted 11-16-2007 04:25 AM 2187 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well after many frustrations (or as I tell my airmen, “learning situations”), I finally finished my Trinket/Shadow box. Now, I look at all the boxes on this site and I realize that I have got a loooong way to go before I catch up to many of you box-builders. But, for my first box, I am happy with it.

Now I have learned a tremendous amount from making this box, and if I were to do it again tomorrow, it would be a lot different. There are many obvious flaws that I see and that I think I could do a lot better. But I guess we all have to start somewhere. This has definitely been my hardest project to date, but on that same hand, it has also been the most rewarding for me to finish. Well, enough of my blabbering, on to the pictures:

This first pic is of the front and the top of the box:
Front/Top

This picture is of the top/lid/shadow box portion. Inside you see my brasard (the piece that says “FP” on it). I wore that on my shoulder/arm in Iraq. The FP stands for “Force Protection” and the Arabic writing says “Military Police” (probably not a literal translation, it could say bu**-head for all I know). Also in this picture is my Iraqi campaign medal and two squadron coins I received from from out commander and our chief.
Shadow Box

The third picture is showing the dovetails on the side of the box. Now if you notice the grain difference from the front of the box and the side of the box, it is because I used red oak on the front and back, and I used poplar on the sides.
Dovetailed Side View

The fourth picture is a front view. You can see the brass clasp I chose and the little brass feet underneath.
Front View

This picture is just showing how I mortised the hinges on the rear of the box:
Mortised Hinges

This picture is to show you the inside of the opened box with the friction slide, velvet on the bottom, and the mortised hinges again. As you can see, I did not stain the inside of the main part of the box. Since I made this box for myself, I left it unstained so I could reference the different woods both stained and unstained at a later date for future projects…
Inside

And this final picture is just kind of an overall shot showing the front, side, and top all in one pic:
Overall Pic

And that does it for this project. Right now I have a knife display case to build for a friend, but when it is done, I plan on building many more boxes. They are very challenging and this one has taught me many woodworking skills I may not have acquired otherwise. I hope you all enjoyed!

-- Sgt_Lobo -- Aurora, CO



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Sgt_Lobo

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#1 posted 11-16-2007 04:27 AM

Just a quick note: I have no Idea why my pictures are all chopped on the right hand side. I sized them all down for this site, even used the same size I used on my previous blogs. In my previous blogs they didn’t get chopped… Oh well, I think you all still get the idea. Anyhow, your can see the full pictures (first 3 pics) if you go to my project section here.

-- Sgt_Lobo -- Aurora, CO

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#2 posted 11-16-2007 05:07 AM

Thanks Top Sarge! Those are my first dovetails too…Though I cheated a bit (using the porter cable jig). The finish is a red sedona stain, 8 coats of wipe on poly, and 1 coat of wax. I hope to do many more boxes and hopefully improve my techniques on all of them with what I learn on this site.

-- Sgt_Lobo -- Aurora, CO

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 11-16-2007 05:34 AM

WOW! I think it turned out really nice looking. It really is a great display of your military items. I like the color of the stain. I think the two types of wood turned out.

I “cheat” on my dovetails with a jig too. I need quick repeatability and production to make money. So don’t feel about about using the PC jig.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#4 posted 11-16-2007 05:43 AM

Thanks Todd, means allot to me coming from you! I admire the heck out of your work and can only hope that someday I’ll be 1/4 as good as you are…

-- Sgt_Lobo -- Aurora, CO

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 11-16-2007 05:45 AM

Believe me, we all start climbing the ladder from the bottom.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Betsy

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#6 posted 11-16-2007 05:48 AM

Sgt. All pride here – I think you did a great job. It’s all up from here you’re hooked into this woodworking club now!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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cajunpen

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#7 posted 11-16-2007 11:18 AM

Nice job – the finish is great.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#8 posted 11-16-2007 12:31 PM

just beautiful… a keepsake to hold keepsakes. well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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