F14 Tomcat shadow box

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Project by DeMike posted 12-12-2015 09:44 PM 1787 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another shadow box for a really good friend of mine who is retiring from the Navy. It’s a hard maple Silhoutte of an F14 tomcat, and a black walnut anchor. It’s about 46” tall. I really enjoy doing this kind of work due to the complexity of it. The little airplane cutouts were cut on the bandsaw out of 1/8” walnut, then cleaned up with jewelers files. They were a real pain in the ass but I think it was worth it. The canopy was my first attempt at steam bending wood. I started with a block of walnut then cut it and glued in the pieces of maple. I’m pretty happy with the results! The hardest part was cutting out the Airframer rating badge out of 1/8” aluminum with a fret saw. Lots of broken blades! Any questions about it feel free to ask!

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#1 posted 12-13-2015 03:51 PM

I like it! I especially like how you cross-grain joined the walnut in the anchor fins. Nice touch. Go Navy – Beat Army….

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#2 posted 12-13-2015 04:45 PM

Very nice work. I also like the F-18 one you did. There is a picture on here somewhere of a helmet and oxygen mask mounted as a gift for some pilot. Not sure how to find it but you might enjoy seeing it an give you ideas for future work.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#3 posted 12-13-2015 04:47 PM

I really do like this shadow box. It looks great.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 12-13-2015 09:03 PM

Beautiful, I know F-18 guys that called the F-14 a boat anchor btw.

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#5 posted 12-15-2015 01:34 PM

WOW! Beautiful shadowbox. Nice work!!!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#6 posted 08-18-2016 06:46 PM

love the shadow box. I wouldn’t mind having just the tomcat built for my shadow box

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#7 posted 12-10-2016 12:52 AM

wow, this is some impressive work!

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