|Project by WistysWoodWorkingWonders||posted 12-25-2014 06:53 AM||1655 views||3 times favorited||10 comments|
I was commissioned to build this shadow box by the husband of a friend who retired in 2010. He wanted it as a gift for Christmas this year and it was to be a surprise for his wife.
After meeting over lunch, we came up with the concept pictured above. One of the more challenging aspects was the addition of coins into the shadow box. I came up with the plan that they should be able to rotate to view both sides of the coin vice just gluing them inside the box.
It took some time, some very careful measuring, and tons of cutting circles on the drill press, but I finally came up with a workable solution to include the coins and present them in a great fashion, allowing people to see both sides of the coin simply by rotating the coin in its holder.
About the shadow box – I used mostly walnut in the build, with the addition of a small amount of maple in the coin holders. The box itself was constructed very similar to the Al Walker retirement shadow box I posted earlier in my projects. The main difference was the coin holders. These were cut using various sized hole saw bits on my drill press – some very careful measuring, cutting, and sanding, followed by even more careful and precise drilling, ended up with some pretty cool coin holders.
I used 1/8” metal rod cut into short lengths to use as pivot points so the coins could be rotated.
This project certainly challenged some of my woodworking skills as well as my patience – not sure how many of you have spent 4 hours drilling holes, but let me say, it was all worth it in the end. I think the shadow box turned out great and truly reflects appreciation for Darlene and her career in the Canadian Armed Forces.
The box measures approx 32” wide by just over 23” high and took approx 82 hours to complete (although this included a total of 6 shadow boxes)
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