Navy Machinist Mate Shadow Box

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Project by AlBCuttnWud posted 01-15-2011 at 10:06 PM 3803 views 6 times favorited 32 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, Patuxent River, MD

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#1 posted 01-15-2011 at 10:16 PM

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 01-15-2011 at 10:20 PM

Great design and finsih..well done.

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#3 posted 01-15-2011 at 10:25 PM

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, Patuxent River, MD

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#4 posted 01-15-2011 at 11:35 PM

That is one sharp design. Well done.

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

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#5 posted 01-15-2011 at 11:39 PM

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 at 12:29 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 at 03:55 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 at 04:24 AM

wonderful design and project. Well done

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#9 posted 01-16-2011 at 07:02 AM

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 at 07:15 AM

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 at 07:22 AM

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 at 07:26 AM

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 at 08:13 AM

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 at 08:18 AM

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 at 08:18 AM

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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