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A retirement present built for a friend. Originally he had no idea what he wanted past the two plaques but over the course of waffles and whipped cream we hashed out this basic idea. Since we were stationed in Hawaii it HAD to be made from koa. Turns out koa works easily, burns even easier and polishes up nicely.

-- Mistake? No, that's just an unexpected design opportunity....

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#1 posted 1792 days ago

Very nice – a super idea and execution. He’ll be very proud of it I’m sure!

-- Ed

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#2 posted 1792 days ago

Looks great, gives me the idea to do one for my mother-in-law for my father-in -laws things from his service. Thanks for your service too.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#3 posted 1792 days ago

Great job and welcome aboard. I would love to have the measurements of that box. I have to build a flag for my aunt to house the flag and medals for my recently deceased uncle who was retired from the Navy. I have seen several cases, but really like that design best. Just a rough sketch with measurements will do fine. Thanks.

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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#4 posted 1792 days ago

Very nice job. I like it. The only thing I see wrong is that when the flag is folded like that you shouldn’t see anything but the blue field and the stars. Bravo Zulu

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#5 posted 1792 days ago

bamasawduster—Watch the measurements. Interment flags are a different size (5’ x 9.5’) than most ceremonial or retirement flags (4’ x 6’).

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#6 posted 1792 days ago

Great shadow box and contents. Welcome to LJs and thanks for your service to our country.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 1792 days ago

Senior, that is an awesome shadow box. I’ve seen and made a few, but that is definitely a one of a kind.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#8 posted 1792 days ago

Nice looking box!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#9 posted 1792 days ago

You are all very kind! I thank you sincerely.

Dudley, You are absolutely correct, Sir, the flag is not properly folded. It is, however, folded exactly the way the customer wanted it and ultimately, that’s what I ended up going with. I won’t even begin to tell you the taboo-ness of other things he wanted done with the flag!

I just retired from the Navy on the 31st of July so maybe I can actually start building the myriad of things rattling around in my head. Like my own shadow box :) After I finish that 21st century workbench beast..

-- Mistake? No, that's just an unexpected design opportunity....

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#10 posted 1792 days ago

very nice, and a great wood choice!

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#11 posted 1791 days ago

Thats a very nice gift.

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

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#12 posted 1641 days ago

great looking shadow box…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#13 posted 838 days ago

Semper fi
We are free because of the brave.

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#14 posted 778 days ago

A beautiful gift and project. Also, a thanks to you for your service. Work/play safe. Keep makin dust, one project at a time. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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