Aviation Ordnance retirement shadow box

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Project by Demy posted 120 days ago 947 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a retirement shadow box I built for one of my Marines. Turned the bullet tips on my lathe and painted them. The box is all pine except for the corner blocks which are cherry. The flag was flown in his honor in Belleau Wood France which was a major Marine Corps battle. Also where Marines earned the nickname “Devil Dog”. Installed an LED light bar in the top and hooked it up to a 9v battery and a switch so that there were no cords. Works great.

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#1 posted 120 days ago

Beautiful. Semper Fi!

-- Brian in Wantagh, NY

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#2 posted 120 days ago

wow, that is so cool, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#3 posted 120 days ago

That is very nice. I love the light shot. I’m sure your Marine will appreciate it.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 120 days ago

Awesome shadow box!

-- - Nathan H., Iowa

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#5 posted 120 days ago

This is one great looking retirement box. Very nicely crafted! What did you use for the clear material over the bullets? It looks like a rectangular bubble or blister, or perhaps it’s just the photo.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#6 posted 120 days ago

Awesome work Marine! Semper Fi!

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#7 posted 119 days ago

Ron, Its just the photo. Its a piece of plexi set into the wood over the bullet with some clear adhesive.

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#8 posted 119 days ago

I’m looking to get something like this done for a Marine Corps Major who’s retiring. He’s Aviation Ordnance and I think he would like something like this a lot. What are the dimensions on this? Would you be willing to make another one like that?

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#9 posted 118 days ago

Truly a work of art!

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