Shadow Box

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Project by trevor7428 posted 01-05-2016 01:07 PM 625 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So for Christmas I decided to make my first gift, instead of just buying something, Like always

My grandfather past away about a year ago. So my step dad came up with the idea to put my grandfather’s army jacket in a shadow box. That I could make, to give to my mom for Christmas.

At first I struggled with what profile to use because the box had to be 3 in deep and all I had in the shop was 3/4” red oak.

I ended up glueing 2 oak boards together @ 90 degrees making an L shape. I rounded over short side at router table the chamfered the corner which looked like both boards seemed to 1 board. Unable to see any glue joint/ line. (As seen in picture)

Then I mitered my edges in form the shadow box. Since miter alone is a really week joint. I routed 2 slots on each corner for walnut splines. (As of posting this, don’t have picture of splines, but will post asap.)

Last but not least. After to was assembled. I realized how am I gping to mount this thing. Any mounting hardware and hardware to secure back in place would be in the way and the shadowbox wouldn’t sit flush against the wall.

After about 24 hours of thinking and kicking my self in the butt, for not thinking about this before hand.

A great idea came to me. I’ll just route slots for all hardware on the backside of box. ( MDF)

Now it’s able to sit flush!

-- Thank You Trevor OBrion

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#1 posted 01-05-2016 02:01 PM

Wonderful present.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 01-05-2016 04:26 PM

Great job – excellent gift.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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