|Project by Dustin||posted 02-20-2017 12:38 PM||1774 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
Well, after almost a year on the site, finally getting around to actually posting one of my projects. And with the way my shop space reorganization is going, I’m hoping it’s the first of many.
Anywho, this is a shadow box for a coworker. Her father-in-law passed away back in January, and she and her husband were out of town for a week. When she came back, she mentioned that he was a Navy vet, and the memorial flag was given to her husband. It was made all the more special by the fact that her husband’s brother was in the Air Force, but let decided he wanted her husband to keep it instead of him. When she mentioned how much his father’s flag meant to him, but that he didn’t have a display for it yet, I got to work.
Big shout out to CharlesA, who helped get me the lumber on very short notice, and also to papadan, who offered his assistance with some stock as well.
The case and face frame are 3/4” cherry. I followed the woodworkersjournal plans nearly to a tee, with the exception of theirs having a face frame 1/2” thick. A friend of mine works at a local glass and mirror shop and was the one to cut the glass for me, which is secured with a bead of silicone on the inside.
I sanded up to 220 and gently rounded the corners to avoid later chipping. I applied three liberal coats of Watco natural Danish Oil over three days, let cure for 5, then applied 5 coats of Minwax wipe on poly (gloss), buffing with steel wool before the final light coat. This is the first time I’ve finished something aside from pens (most of my projects have been of the shop nature), and I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. But more importantly, my coworker and her husband love it.
Thanks for reading!
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