Marksman Shadowbox

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Project by Tim_CPWD posted 01-20-2015 07:18 AM 1003 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This shadowbox was done for a friend of mine. It is the best barter deal I have ever made with someone. The deal was that I build a shadowbox that would display medals won by his Grandfather in numerous NRA shooting matches prior to WWII. It also needed to display a copy of an old picture and newspaper article about the man. In return my friend (a certified electrician) would wire my shop for 220 and install a separate breaker box to support the workload of my tools.

The medals mounted in this shadowbox were all in original form and as you can see quite tattered, but were all irreplaceable family heirlooms. I was told that my friends Grandfather won many other awards and trophy’s but most were sold to buy food and other necessary items to live on back in the depression. Eventually this man was drafted and became a Marine sniper during WWII. I really enjoyed doing this and I think my wife did an outstanding job installing everything inside. We had a local art store do the matte for the picture as that is not something either of us are skilled at.

In return my friend came over and did an amazing job wiring my shop with 220 power and an additional breaker box. He also added a number of outlets throughout the shop. (You can never have too many outlets.) In my opinion I got the better end of the deal but my friend disagreed and said he got the best end of the deal. We both ended up very happy.

This shadowbox is made from California Red Oak, Stained Early American and finished with Clear lacquer. We used red velvet on the interior.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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#1 posted 01-20-2015 11:11 AM

Can you post the news article here please?
As always you have wonderful work here

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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#2 posted 01-20-2015 01:19 PM

Sounds like you both scored on this deal. Great looking medal case as well.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#3 posted 01-20-2015 01:53 PM

Great barter. Incredible story! Nicely done job.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 01-20-2015 01:56 PM

Great story and build. I want to build a shadow box tribute for my dad sometime this year.
Hope I can do as well as you did….....................

-- mike...............

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#5 posted 01-20-2015 09:15 PM

Wow, what a deal. Nice looking shadow box and a great collection. I should of made one of these a long time ago to show my life achievements. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 01-20-2015 10:00 PM

Yep, that’s a good deal for everyone! What a great American, look at all those medals!

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#7 posted 01-20-2015 11:08 PM

Way to go!

This is just the type of payment system we need more of – bartering rocks!

You made a fantastic project – something to be very proud of.



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#8 posted 01-21-2015 12:02 AM

Beautiful work ! Great story !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#9 posted 01-21-2015 02:54 PM

This is gr8 Tim.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 01-27-2015 10:05 AM

Good deal! Nice work, and a good trade.


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#11 posted 03-08-2015 03:23 PM

Great deal and Shadow Box

-- Frank

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