Fire Acadamy "Shadow box"

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Project by childress posted 12-02-2008 05:39 AM 1836 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While my brother was in the fire acadamy, the class wanted to give a gift that would display all the “patches” the acadamy has collected over the years from different fire stations throughout the country. So, he called on me do build a “shadow box” which I was extremely exited to do. I wanted this piece to be my first piece with no screws, all wood joinery….I almost succeeded, as I used finger joints on the box frame and the faceframe is a mixture of Mahogany and walnut which I tongue and grooved and biscuit joined and glued to the box. The box was built out of 8/4 African Mahogany and the only screws I used was on the back. I used biscuits and pocket screws to join the mdf back, and then covered some soundboard with blue felt and glued it to the mdf back. The glass doors are 1/4” thick on slide on a KV aluminum track. This whole box is 12 ft long and 4 ft high.

I finished it with 4 coats of oil base satin poly. I really wanted to make a penetrating oil finish but I have never done that before and ran out of time before I had to install. All in all I was very pleased with everything and all the students and firemen there couldn’t be happier, which is the real satisfaction for me.

-- Childress Woodworks

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#1 posted 12-02-2008 05:46 AM

That’s really pretty. As a fireman, I have seen many types of frames used for patches and this is far and away the most beautiful out there.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#2 posted 12-02-2008 07:29 PM

Very niice joinery and colour selection in the patching row.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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