MSgt Stripe Shadow Box

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Project by Pat Cavanaugh posted 07-26-2009 04:58 AM 12999 views 4 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First, I need to give props to GuyB. This box was inspired by a similar box he made. The customer asked for a MSgt (rank) stripe shadow box. It is made from red oak. Because the box is 21” wide I had to glue up three boards to make the face wide enough. It is a little difficult to tell, but the stripes and star are acrylic mirror. They are slightly recessed into the wood. Overall dimensions are 21” x 28.5”

This being first one of these, all the recesses were routed by hand. And all the mirror pieces were cut and sanded to the final line by hand as well. But once I finished it, I knew other people were going to want one as well. So to save me time in the future I made router templates for all three of the senior enlisted ranks. It should save me a great deal of time on future ones. I plan to offer them with either mirror or contrasting wood stripes.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#1 posted 07-26-2009 05:06 AM

Very impressive Pat !!!!!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#2 posted 07-26-2009 05:11 AM

i like it.

-- There are many ways to skin a cat...... but, the butter knife is not recommended

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#3 posted 07-26-2009 05:26 AM

great job looks super

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 07-26-2009 05:38 AM


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#5 posted 07-26-2009 01:49 PM

this is great timming,
was telling my brother-in-law about your work yesterday, tracy will have to see this

-- tool time tim aka "cobra5"

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#6 posted 07-26-2009 03:52 PM

Nice work

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#7 posted 07-26-2009 06:10 PM

Great work to honor a man in service. He will like it, of this I’m sure.

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

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#8 posted 07-26-2009 07:06 PM

Pat, Great looking shadow box! Good idea about the templates. I’m sure you will be getting plenty of request for more.

-- John @

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#9 posted 07-26-2009 10:09 PM

might just have to have you make me one, great job

-- Ben Kahmann Dayton, OH

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#10 posted 07-27-2009 03:00 AM

That is killer work !!! Just awesome! I thought I’d seen all the designs for a shadow box, but then you come up with something like this. Great job and thanks for your service.

-- Rick

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#11 posted 07-27-2009 05:10 PM

Very awesome shadow box. Very impressed with your work. Thank you for your years of service in the Air Force.

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#12 posted 07-28-2009 01:15 AM

Thank you to everyone for their kind words and kudos. Ben, I’ve looked at your work, you don’t need me to make anything for you, but thank you. Rick, you should look at GuyB’s projects here on LJs. He has some incredible designs. Thank you all again.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#13 posted 07-28-2009 11:12 AM

That’s a cool design! This is the only one I’ve ever seen that really nails the chevron look. Clever idea with the door AND mirror!

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#14 posted 08-10-2009 06:17 AM

Excellent work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#15 posted 08-19-2009 03:30 PM

Great box! How can i get one?

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