|Project by Tim_CPWD||posted 06-17-2016 07:00 AM||923 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
I was recently commissioned by a customer to build a shadowbox inside an antique trunk. This trunk or Sea chest was restored by a company called “The Pirates Lair” and shipped to my shop. I was asked to design a storage compartment that provided areas for 3 different sets of uniforms under a shadowbox. I was also asked to design the shadowbox to hold a saber and scabbard that could be easily accessed by the owner at any time. In the design that you see both the saber and scabbard are sitting on custom wood mounts that I designed. Embedded in each mount are earth magnets. The magnets hold both pieces in place. I was confident that this design would work well with the saber but pleasantly surprised when I found that the scabbard was made with enough metal for the magnets to hold well also. The solution for easy access to the saber lies in the removal of the glass on top. I designed this so that after lifting the shadow box out of the sea chest like a big tray you can simply slide the glass out the back. No tools required. This was a fun project with a number of design challenges. The chest itself was far from square so I had to adjust the overall size of the shadowbox a couple times to account for this. It also had some old metal strap mounts riveted to the back top edge of the inside. This made it a bit difficult to work around. However after some trial and error I was able to achieve a snug fit that still allowed the shadow box to be lifted out easily. The chest itself was made from pine but the insert I made for the uniforms and the shadowbox itself were made out of cherry.
-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca. http://www.facebook.com/commandperformancewooddesigns