SOCS Shadowbox

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Project by Tim_CPWD posted 03-27-2015 12:01 AM 886 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was recently commissioned to build this shadowbox for a retiring Senior Chief Navy Seal. This customer had a very impressive career as shown by the medals on the left side of the display. The patches on the right show the progression of the Seal Trident on the different uniforms he wore as well as some of the different detachments and call signs he was associated with. The coins across the bottom represent the commands he was in during his career. Most people choose to put their duty stations on a brass plaque inside but in this case we used a challenge coin from each command instead. Using my CNC machine I designed an inlay for each coin and VCarved the years he was in each command represented. The coins inside the box were from different deployments he did and were also inlayed into the wood. Two of the three coins inside presented a bit more a challenge as they had a unique design but after some trial and error in scrap wood I was able to get the shape right for the inlay for the finished product. As with all of the shadowboxes done in my shop it was a team effort. My wife did the layout and installation of all the items inside the box and I did all of the woodwork. The customer picked up the box last night and was extremely pleased. Pleased enough that he extended an invitation for me to attend his ceremony tomorrow. I was honored at the invitation and look forward to attending.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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#1 posted 03-27-2015 03:51 AM

Looks good , shadow boxes are always tough trying to fit everything the customer wants in them. My wife also does the placement part.


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#2 posted 03-27-2015 11:47 AM

Looks very nice.

-- I had a stroke a few years back, and sometimes the words dont come out as well as I would like.

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#3 posted 03-27-2015 12:31 PM

Nice box. I see we are Ivica (Ivan) and I are name buddies. Is he origin from Croatia or…?

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 03-27-2015 12:54 PM

Nice job on displaying his past. It looks great.

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

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#5 posted 03-27-2015 01:01 PM

First rate super job! I like how you have done the coins but how do you mount the medals and ribbons, velcro? I would like to try a retirement shadowbox for myself and a few co-workers soon.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#6 posted 03-28-2015 12:48 AM

Very impressive.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 03-28-2015 07:42 AM

Great job. You honor this hero with your work.

-- --Dale Page

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#8 posted 03-29-2015 11:57 AM

Your shadow boxes are all so amazing. Always some nice eye-candy

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

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