LumberJocks

Shadow Box

  • Advertise with us
Project by WistysWoodWorkingWonders posted 1672 days ago 5514 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this Shadow Box for a friend of mine who was retiring from the Canadian Forces after 27 years of dedicated service.
Al and I served onboard HMCS REGINA where we became really good friends. He did a lot to help me in my career and was always there to support our trade and our people.
The box is made of walnut, finished with several coats of spray on varathane (satin). Getting the box dimensions just right took a bit of math and the making of a few jigs and templates along the way. Overall I think it took about 24 hours of working time to complete his Shadow Box and one other.
When it was time to present the Box to him, several people asked if I would make them one.. hmmm, might get a little busy in my shop soon….
The three plates mention where Al was posted throughout his career and a little thank you for his services to the Country (center plate). In pic 4 you can see the Canadian Flag as folded to fit the Shadow Box (that was a lesson in patience to get everything lined up to military perfection…)
Gotta say, I certainly enjoyed building this for my friend and wish hiim the best on his retirement…
“Fair Winds and Following Seas”

Wisty

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





17 comments so far

View Ken90712's profile

Ken90712

14878 posts in 1815 days


#1 posted 1672 days ago

God Bless, from one veteran to another. Very nicely done on the shadow box. The front rails really set it off with them not being str8 across the way they sweep. The only thing missing from the Pics is a bottle of Molson Ice Next to it…. Great Job!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

View a1Jim's profile

a1Jim

112011 posts in 2204 days


#2 posted 1672 days ago

vwey nice work Wisty

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

View Rj's profile

Rj

1047 posts in 2258 days


#3 posted 1672 days ago

Great work! You did a superb job

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

View DiamondWW's profile

DiamondWW

84 posts in 1859 days


#4 posted 1672 days ago

This is very nice. I know that your friend and his family will enjoy this for many years to come.

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood, only smaller projects.

View tomfromwinnipeg's profile

tomfromwinnipeg

60 posts in 1712 days


#5 posted 1672 days ago

Wonderful job and a fine tribute to our military

-- Tom From Winnipeg

View woodchic's profile

woodchic

831 posts in 1984 days


#6 posted 1671 days ago

Nice job…............you do good work Wisty!!

AKA….........Woodchic

-- Robin Renee'

View Pdub's profile

Pdub

891 posts in 1806 days


#7 posted 1670 days ago

Great lookin shadowbox! I never thought of sweeping out the front, I’ll have to keep that in mind for my next one.

And yes, once you make one, it seems like the orders never stop. I have one in the works and two more to start on. But hey, the extra money helps buy more wood and tools.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

View WistysWoodWorkingWonders's profile

WistysWoodWorkingWonders

11908 posts in 1783 days


#8 posted 1670 days ago

Hi everyone… thanks for all the positive feedback on this project. I certainly put a lot of heart into this one because it was a good friend who was going to receive it…

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

View rickf16's profile

rickf16

376 posts in 2208 days


#9 posted 1666 days ago

Witsy, That is a nice shadow box. Making the center section proud is a nice touch. May have to borrow that idea.

-- Rick

View WistysWoodWorkingWonders's profile

WistysWoodWorkingWonders

11908 posts in 1783 days


#10 posted 1666 days ago

Hi Rick,
Thanks for the compliment… I saw a similar design online which is where I got my rough idea from. I added some curves to it just to make the center section more dominant as that was where the main information was for my retiring friend… hope yours turns out as good as this one did… it was fun to build.. I would highly recommend some sort of spray finish for anyone trying this as getting a brush into some of the areas proved to be too difficult… I used Satin varathane spray… worked great…

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

View rmoore44's profile

rmoore44

51 posts in 1661 days


#11 posted 1656 days ago

Nice work, nice tribute. The triangle on top to me is reminiscent of the bow of a ship or maybe a sail.

-- --RoB, Florida

View WistysWoodWorkingWonders's profile

WistysWoodWorkingWonders

11908 posts in 1783 days


#12 posted 1656 days ago

Thanks Rob… it does sort of look like a sail doesn’t it… might be an idea to design a shadow box in the shape of a sailboat…. hmmmmmmmm

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

View Karson's profile

Karson

34870 posts in 3027 days


#13 posted 1633 days ago

that is a great looking flag box.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

View WistysWoodWorkingWonders's profile

WistysWoodWorkingWonders

11908 posts in 1783 days


#14 posted 1633 days ago

Thanks Karson,
My friend (the recipient) told me that he has it placed in his living room on the mantel of his FP… very honored to have done this project for him as he was a great serviceman…
Wisty

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

View Blozo  's profile

Blozo

146 posts in 1271 days


#15 posted 1268 days ago

absolutely beautiful….. my uncle retired from the canadia armed forces too…

-- eat crap

showing 1 through 15 of 17 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase