Have begun construction on a shadow box for my retirement. First step – think out all the angles, grooves, dados, joints etc. and put the concept to paper. Scale helps to figure out exactly what the angles are and can help to see what might and might not work. As with any plan, once the actual work begins, the plan will often change to be either more doable or possible.
Decided to build a shadow box for a 5’ x 8’ US flag in a doghouse pattern. Looked at several sites for ideas (including Pat Cavanaugh’s blog here at Lumberjocks – thanks Pat!).Such was the case here – pictures show initial plan and some changes as I began construction/cut-out. I didn’t have access to a planer or jointer so I used oak from a nearby DIY store. Purchased 2 pieces of 3/4 red oak, 3 1/2” wide, 6’ and 8’ lengths. Ended up using most of the oak as a couple of mistakes were made…
Here’s a shot of the project glued up, partially stained Honey Oak, and with glass installed (temp). Next – final sanding and poly!