Retirement shadow box

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Project by Dex posted 2454 days ago 2763 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a shadow box I made for a buddy of mine that retired after 20+ years in the Army (3 more years, and I can make one for my retirement!) It is my first attempt with “real” wood, ie non-pine. LOL. It is 24”x21”x4”. I didn’t get a chance to snap a photo of it with all his Army awards and decorations in it, but we sure had a hard time fitting all his stuff in it! Hat’s off to you Phil! The idea of making one for him came when someone else from my work retired. They gave her a shadow box too. I asked how much they spent on the box itself. I was told $60. It was just a plain box too, no hinges, no corner seperated for the flag. I said, heck, I could make one of those for half that cost! Well, it wasn’t quite half the cost. I spent $40 on the materials, and threw in my labor for free. But, IMHO, it turned out a heck of a lot better than that store bought piece of junk!

-- If it ain't country, it ain't music!

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#1 posted 2454 days ago

Really nice shadow box. I am sure Phil is proud to have it. My step dad is fixing to retire from the airforce, so it is on my project list. Great Work! Hoo Ah!

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#2 posted 2454 days ago

Great job. What is the significance of the flag?

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#3 posted 2452 days ago

Congrats, great display. Thanks to you and your friend for your service!

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#4 posted 2452 days ago

The significance of the flag? It has become a tradition over the past several years, or maybe even longer. It is simly a reminder of your service to our great country. Some people go as far as to have the flag flown over our nation’s capitol.

-- If it ain't country, it ain't music!

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#5 posted 2452 days ago

Congrats on the project, and thank you for your service!

My uncle is a retired USMC Lt. Colonel, and will have his flag draped over his casket for his service at Arlington when he passes (which I hope is a LONG time from now). That flag will have even more value then…

-- Living on the square...

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#6 posted 2338 days ago

That will be a nice box. I’ve got one to make for myself, just can’t find the time.

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#7 posted 2337 days ago

Hi Dex,

This is a nice box and I am sure Phil will appreciate it.

Thanks for the post and your service as well. We all are indebted to those of you who have enjoyed military careers.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 696 days ago

Dex, great looking box and a big thank you to your buddy who served his country proudly. I’m actually in the process of making one for a friend who has a friend that their dad was in the services too and pasted away. I was wondering if you used glass or acrilic(sp) or what material for the front? It looks like glass, but I didn’t want to assume.


-- Nathan, Fort Worth TX

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