U.S. Navy Shadowbox

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Project by tpayne posted 10-21-2014 03:24 AM 1570 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this was my first shadowbox I built. It was a big learning experience for me. But in the end he got to build something that will capture someone’s memories and time in service and proudly display them.

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Nate L.

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#1 posted 10-21-2014 06:03 AM

Great job! I built my first Air Force shadow box over the past few weeks and boy was that a learning experience! I can’t quite tell from the pictures, but one thing a fellow wood worker suggested for a little extra ‘pop’ is to chamfer the inside edges. What did you use for the blue fabric?

-- Nate, Fredericksburg, VA,

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#2 posted 10-21-2014 01:23 PM

I guess it is pretty hard to see from the picture the top piece just has a 45° chamfered around all the edges the main shadowbox has a 45° on the outside and a round over on the inside. For the back of the project I did a foam backing attached with spray glue to Felt fabric.

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#3 posted 10-21-2014 03:55 PM

That looks great! I have been using felt for mine as well. I have not seen any foam backing, but I will have to look into that. I have been using hardboard and gluing the fabric to that. Again, very nice job!

-- Nate, Fredericksburg, VA,

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#4 posted 10-21-2014 04:07 PM

I take hard board, glue some foam core board you can get in the craft stores to that then glue the fabric to that… makes pushing the pins in really easy

-- San Diego, CA

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#5 posted 10-21-2014 05:35 PM

8 bells and all’s well

Looks great. Never seen one with a ships bell before.

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#6 posted 10-21-2014 11:46 PM

Great looking shadow box—I love the ship’s bell! Bravo Zulu!

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

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#7 posted 10-22-2014 02:45 AM

Interpim hit the nail right on the head. that’s exactly how I did the back of it. but here recently I been useing rockler’s Mini-flocking kit and have had really good results.

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