Navy Machinist Mate Shadow Box

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Project by AlBCuttnWud posted 01-16-2011 06:06 AM 4963 views 7 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a few Navy Machinist Mate shadow boxes I’ve made. Each shadow box is made with 36 pieces of wood, 12 per blade using 3/4” stock. I’ve got a request to make another one but the guy wants in painted haze gray.

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#1 posted 01-16-2011 06:16 AM

Now there is a unique design for a shadow box. Beautiful! What did you do for the CPO emblem in the center?

What ever you do, don’t paint the next one unless you make it out of mdf.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#2 posted 01-16-2011 06:20 AM

Great design and finsih..well done.

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#3 posted 01-16-2011 06:25 AM

Thanks for the complement. There’s a local engraving shop that does all of my laser work. I have tried to justify spending the money to purchase a laser engraver myself but with woodworking just being a hobby, it’s not a wise investment. I’ll post some other uniqe designs shortly.

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#4 posted 01-16-2011 07:35 AM

That is one sharp design. Well done.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 01-16-2011 07:39 AM

I for one will be looking forward to your future posts….

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#6 posted 01-16-2011 08:29 AM

Nice to see another Navy guy around. I was a Damage Controlman myself. When the watchbill in the MMR’s were light I actually still stood watch as a Burnerman in our Boiler plants.

-- Chris-Woodstock, Illinois

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#7 posted 01-16-2011 11:55 AM

Wow!!! Cool !!!

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#8 posted 01-16-2011 12:24 PM

wonderful design and project. Well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 01-16-2011 03:02 PM

Those are great! I’ve never seen one like it.
What did you use to join the boards on your fins where you transition from horizontal to vertical?

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#10 posted 01-16-2011 03:15 PM

Stain it grey – don’t paint it.

Beautiful, original work!

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#11 posted 01-16-2011 03:22 PM

Now I can see a Boatswain’s mate wanting haze gray, but an MM ought to prefer machinery gray. Just say in.
As to the project, Man that is sharp. Great Idea, well executed. Retired ENC (SS) in EC, NC.

-- Don, North Carolina, Working full time at retired.

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#12 posted 01-16-2011 03:26 PM

That is a very creative and beautiful plaque and welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- 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

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#13 posted 01-16-2011 04:13 PM

That is one cool Idea for a shadow box, you’ve taking it to the next level with that design, well done!

-- Doug...

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#14 posted 01-16-2011 04:18 PM

Al, Welcome to another Virginia Jock. That is a cool shadow box. I would think a machinist would be quite excited to get.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#15 posted 01-16-2011 04:18 PM

That is a great looking project Al. Being an ex Boatswain’s Mate I endorse the haze gray. Just use construction fir to build it, ha ha.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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