Shadowbox from African Mahogany

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Project by Jaydee829 posted 04-20-2016 12:32 PM 773 views 2 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This is a shadowbox I made for my commander’s retirement from 22 years in the Air Force. It is made from African Mahogany and finished with several coats of tung oil, sealcoat, and then wipe-on poly. This popped the grain beautifully. The back is 1/4” maple veneered ply finished with shellac tinted with dye and then wipe-on poly. the inside of the back was covered with thick poster board and then blue felt.

It was my first time using miters and first time making a box of any kind and I was quite pleased with how it turned out. I had some small gaps in the glued-up miters, we’ll blame it on the miter gauge and not the user ;-). However, with some hide glue and sawdust, I was able to fill the gaps and create a finished product that my commander loved.

-- Justin, California

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#1 posted 04-20-2016 01:35 PM

Well done! You did a fine job and I am sure that he and his family are very proud of it. I made a similar one for my captain when he separated from the Air Force.

-- Jake

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