USMC Guidon shadow box

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Project by M1ni0n posted 07-11-2009 04:02 AM 6035 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well the most recent project has yeilded a shadow box for a guidon to be placed in it as a gift. I did some different things with this project than previous ones. First, I used Jatoba as the main lumber for this and I was very pleased with it. Second, I did the splines out of cherry in the center with paduak on both sides of the cherry. I am not sure why I did this but I did. That alone took me all day with a dozuki saw, glue and a bunch of blue tape to make the paduak and cherry splines and then fit them in the slots cut for them. I have mixed feelings about the look they gave me and I am not sure if I will do it again. I also put a paduak border around the front to give it a little wow factor as paduak stands out from the jatoba. Overall a simple project that the SgtMaj we gave this to really enjoyed, which is always the goal. And I can’t forget to mention my nosey companions that jumped in the pictures because they thought what was on the chair was for them to chew on.

-- Jason

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#1 posted 07-11-2009 05:04 AM

well done

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 07-11-2009 05:35 AM

beautifull work ,
and the splines by hand !
great gift ,
i bet he’s happy !
i thought that was you and the wife ,
sneaking into the pics .
i know how tough you
marines can be !:-)

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 07-11-2009 02:41 PM

Jason, Great job! I’m sure the SgtMaj will cherish it for years. Something to be proud of. I have to ask though…..... with your background in explosives, do you ever get any ideas when you get frustrated with a project and it doesn’t turn out the way you want it???? lol. good luck and we look forward to seeing more.

-- John @

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#4 posted 07-11-2009 03:03 PM


Its funny you should say that. When I was putting the paduak in the front trim I made a measuring error and I had to cut it off and start all over. When I found out that I made an error I really wanted to see how far and fast a piece of lumber could fly when thrown.

Luckly I have yet to make a mistake so bad that I wanted to blow it up, but who knows what the future will hold or destroy. lol

-- Jason

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#5 posted 07-11-2009 04:18 PM

Nice work Jason. I like the contrasted splines, its an idea I may have to borrow for some of my boxes. Beautiful wood choices.

Thanks to your service to our country, you military guys never get enough credit in my opinion. You are the reason we are all here able to do what we love.

-- James, Bluffton, IN

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#6 posted 07-11-2009 04:51 PM

Nice work Marine, you probably made a lot of browny points with your SgtMaj. as well you should. From an old Army guy to a young Marine, Thanks for your service.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 07-12-2009 12:28 AM

Nice splines. Lots of work but real nice. I think the dogs approved. My critters let me know if they don’t like something in their very special way…

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#8 posted 07-14-2009 04:43 AM


I wish my dogs were attentive to my projects. They were just worried about me taking up too much time photographing this silly thing and not spending enough time getting their food ready.

-- Jason

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#9 posted 08-02-2009 08:48 PM

Very nice job,son. I sure hope the SgtMaj. enjoys it for years to come. Have fun and most of all enjoy the work you do, cause if you don’t enjoy doing it, it’s no fun doing it? Til later son , Love Dad

-- JohnB.,Miami, Fl.

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#10 posted 01-25-2011 04:32 AM

If the SgtMaj ain’t happy, ain’t NO ONE happy!

Great job. I love to see how projects from our shops reach out and touch a variety of people. Keep it up.

Semper Fi -

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#11 posted 11-22-2013 04:48 AM

Nice work!!! Anyway to order one of these with a custom guidon?

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