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Rose Shadowbox for Fathers day

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Project by Mosquito posted 06-22-2015 04:18 PM 923 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was the “Rose Shadowbox” I made for my dad for Father’s day/his birthday (same day this year).
 

The shadowbox is made from solid cherry with a cherry plywood back panel. The front panel is 1/8” thick glass, and the shelves are 1/4”, on shelf pegs (adjustable). The finish is shellac and buffed with paste wax.
 

The rose was airbrushed by a friend who does paint and airbrushing for a living. It turned out fantastic. The rose was a copy of a rose in a table top my grandpa carved for my grandma while he was deployed in Korea. After my grandfather passed away last year, my dad mentioned wanting to ‘commission’ me (pay for the materials) to build a shadow box for some of my grandpa’s things for him. Well, I wasn’t going to let that happen, so I made this for him as a surprise.
 

I started with ~4/4 rough cherry, milled and dimension-ed by hand. Only power tools used on this one was a cordless drill for the shelf pegs and screw holes, and my random orbit sander on the outside of the shadowbox.

 
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The table my grandpa carved:

 
 
The airbrushed version:
 

 
 
And some in-progress pictures
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
Hand chopping for the stopped rabbet for the back panel
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com





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HerbC

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#1 posted 06-22-2015 04:26 PM

Mos,

That’s a great piece and a true tribute to the gift of love your dad gave your mom.

Tell your dad thanks for his service to our country and that he seems to have spent his time in Korea much better than many servicemen have over the years.

Thanks for sharing the story, the product and the build.

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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#2 posted 06-22-2015 05:21 PM

Looks great, Mos! Really good job, bud.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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Tim

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#3 posted 06-22-2015 05:28 PM

Very nice looking. Hand dimensioned and dovetailed is very cool too.

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#4 posted 06-22-2015 05:38 PM

Really nice looking. Dovetails look great. The Rose is fantastic.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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Mosquito

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#5 posted 06-22-2015 06:13 PM



Mos,

That s a great piece and a true tribute to the gift of love your dad gave your mom.

Tell your dad thanks for his service to our country and that he seems to have spent his time in Korea much better than many servicemen have over the years.

Thanks for sharing the story, the product and the build.

Herb

- HerbC

Thanks! It was my grandfather who was in Korea, not my father, though. My grandfather was drafted just a few weeks after he got married. Must have been a bummer, but the table carving was probably a good way to stay occupied and ‘focused’, I imagine.

 


Looks great, Mos! Really good job, bud.

- ToddJB

Thanks Todd :-) I made sure to take my time on it. Some good lessens learned.

 


Very nice looking. Hand dimensioned and dovetailed is very cool too.

- Tim

Thanks Tim! I’m happy with how the woodworking turned out, but that airbrushed rose really made the whole project for me.

 


Really nice looking. Dovetails look great. The Rose is fantastic.

- johnstoneb

Thanks Bruce. :-)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#6 posted 06-23-2015 12:15 PM

Excellent work, as always, Mos! Love the photo of you and Dad.

I thoroughly enjoy watching you build, Mos, no table saw, no router. No mega dust collector.

Keep it up with that 45, 71 1/2?, old Record rabbet plane (43?), swap mallet and chisel!

You will have mastered hand tools by the time you are 30! LOL!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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WoodNSawdust

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#7 posted 06-23-2015 01:09 PM

Great looking box and I love the rose. Projects with family history always make them more special. I don’t think we say it enough thanks for your grandfather’s service in Korea.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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Mosquito

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#8 posted 06-23-2015 01:34 PM



Excellent work, as always, Mos! Love the photo of you and Dad.

I thoroughly enjoy watching you build, Mos, no table saw, no router. No mega dust collector.

Keep it up with that 45, 71 1/2?, old Record rabbet plane (43?), swap mallet and chisel!

You will have mastered hand tools by the time you are 30! LOL!

- terryR

Thanks Terry! Sometimes I wouldn’t mind having a table saw, better router table, jointer, etc but this project probably wouldn’t have used any of those anyway. I don’t think I have enough years left to master them by 30, maybe 40 lol


Great looking box and I love the rose. Projects with family history always make them more special. I don t think we say it enough thanks for your grandfather s service in Korea.

- WoodNSawdust

Thanks :-)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#9 posted 06-23-2015 02:14 PM

This project is so beautifully done. I love the rose.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 06-23-2015 02:27 PM

Thanks Charles

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#11 posted 06-23-2015 08:55 PM

Rose is very successful, if it is alive and no kidding,congratulations!

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#12 posted 06-24-2015 02:10 PM

Spectacular work Mos. Great back story. It’s always a pleasure seeing your work.

-- ~Tony

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#13 posted 06-25-2015 12:18 PM

Great story Chris and nice work!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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Mosquito

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#14 posted 06-25-2015 01:28 PM



Rose is very successful, if it is alive and no kidding,congratulations!

- Bud_3


Spectacular work Mos. Great back story. It s always a pleasure seeing your work.

- AnthonyReed


Great story Chris and nice work!

- CL810

Thanks guys!

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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