LumberJocks

Shadowbox: FINALLY posting my first project!

  • Advertise with us
Project by Dustin posted 02-20-2017 12:38 PM 1843 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."





12 comments so far

View cicerojoe's profile

cicerojoe

63 posts in 3111 days


#1 posted 02-20-2017 03:10 PM

Looks perfect. Really tight miters. Nice of you to build this for your friend.

-- John from the Cherry Valley Studio in NY http://www.cvalleystudio.com

View Dustin's profile

Dustin

263 posts in 406 days


#2 posted 02-20-2017 03:26 PM

Very nice of you to say, but don’t look too closely at the miters! I have to say, getting those lined up right was the hardest part. I think in the future I’ll be doing these with with the medal display case below, that way I can just miter the bottom of the sides at 45.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

View GR8HUNTER's profile

GR8HUNTER

2074 posts in 378 days


#3 posted 02-20-2017 04:19 PM

Very nice…...... looking forward to seeing more of your projects …..........GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

View Dustin's profile

Dustin

263 posts in 406 days


#4 posted 02-20-2017 04:55 PM

Looking forward to posting, them, Tony! Thank you!

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

View helluvawreck's profile

helluvawreck

26385 posts in 2532 days


#5 posted 02-20-2017 05:01 PM

This is a nice looking shadow box.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

View BurlyBob's profile

BurlyBob

4501 posts in 1931 days


#6 posted 02-20-2017 05:11 PM

Very well done!

View Dustin's profile

Dustin

263 posts in 406 days


#7 posted 02-20-2017 06:12 PM

Thanks for the support, folks! Out of curiosity, when making very steep-angled miter cuts, do you use the recommended tenoning jig to mill the piece vertically? About every video I watched on shadow boxes did it this way, but I just used my Incra gauge/sled combo (though I’m glad my miter slots are of the t-track variety, otherwise it would have tipped off the saw by the end of the cut).

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

View Boxguy's profile

Boxguy

2336 posts in 1933 days


#8 posted 02-21-2017 04:57 AM

Dustin, nice work. Sounds like you have passed many milestones on this project. You have done a nice job on the write-up and the photos as well as the woodworking. It can’t hurt, but I don’t know if you need that many coats of finish. Look here. for suggestions. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

View Dustin's profile

Dustin

263 posts in 406 days


#9 posted 02-21-2017 01:46 PM

Big Al,

Thank you for the encouragement. It was a bit of trial and error on the finish, though I would have liked to have had the time to do some comparisons on test pieces to see what (if any) appreciable difference would have been made. As it was, I pulled a lot of various information from myriad sources. I think on my next one, I’ll only do two (if any) coats of danish oil, though I’ll likely keep it as the “blotchiness” that is inherant to cherry is one of my favorite characteristics. The wipe on coats were numerous due to a few things: 1) I sanded a little too aggressively too soon, after the first coat cured. 2) I don’t have a particularly dust-free environment, so I wanted a solid build prior to de-nibbing with 0000 steel wool, as it was aggressive enough I feared it would remove too much of the 2-4 coats. I do feel like doing a 5th, super light coat (all of these wiped on with a rag, btw) really helped smooth out the finish. Final buff was, as Bob Ross would put it, “Two hairs and some air.” At any rate, this was the first time I actually enjoyed the finish process, so I consider that a major win!

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

View smitty22's profile

smitty22

713 posts in 2612 days


#10 posted 02-23-2017 04:47 AM

Very nice, Dustin… Those 22.5deg mitered joints are really difficult to get right, and if they’re not, visible to the whole world! Great results for the first one. I just completed 3 of these and took much longer than anticipated!
Dale

-- Smitty

View papadan's profile (online now)

papadan

2903 posts in 3034 days


#11 posted 02-23-2017 06:20 AM

Great job Dustin, and if needed, I still have that walnut board. LOL

-- Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity!

View Dustin's profile

Dustin

263 posts in 406 days


#12 posted 02-23-2017 03:32 PM



Great job Dustin, and if needed, I still have that walnut board. LOL

- papadan

Thanks, Dan! I’m actually working on getting a little tool co-op going between some friends (and encouraging them to join up here). One does carving and small toys, one does metal work and knife scales, I have the most versatile tool distribution, but our fourth guy has a nicer planer than mine and a PM 6” spiral head jointer. Since he has the milling equipment, he’s having a 20ft walnut and 20ft ash tree milled and kiln dried in the spring, and has offered to share the wealth. He’s also planning on building a nice walnut dining table, so this will likely be a joint effort (no pun intended) for all four of us, and certainly a learning experience!

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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