Shadow Box for my Father

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Project by Muzhik posted 2772 days ago 3217 views 13 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My father and I are both Air Force veterans. He served during the Vietnam War, and has fond memories of his time spent in Thailand. Traditionally, when one retires from military service, they receive a shadow box. My father only served a few years, but commented to me once how much he was jealous of a shadow box a friend of his received when he retired from the Navy reserves. I made this as a Christmas present to him that year. It is bentwood laminated curly maple and mahogany. The shape is derived from the patches worn on Air Force uniforms, which show what Major Command (MAJCOM) and sometimes what unit you belong to.

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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 2772 days ago

Thanks for sharing. That’s real special gift and a nice piece of work.

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#2 posted 2772 days ago

Very unique shape. Nice contrast with the different woods. I bet he was really surprised. I also posted on your profile.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 2772 days ago

A very nice heirloom gift. I’ll bet he really Cherish’s it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 2772 days ago

That is awesome! I just left active duty Navy so your project has struck a chord with me. Beauiful work!


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#5 posted 2772 days ago

Wow! You guys sure are quick! I just now signed up over here b/c I read about the contest. Thanks for the kind remarks. I only learned about this forum yesterday. Looks like I’ll be hanging around.

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#6 posted 2772 days ago

A wonderful tribute to your Father, Muzhik. Did you make one for yourself?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#7 posted 2772 days ago

Beautiful looking presentation case. Welcome to LumberJocks

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#8 posted 2772 days ago

my guess is that there have been tears involved with this beautiful tribute.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 2772 days ago

I’ll bet he isn’t jealous of that other shadow box any more. This one is beautifully done.

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#10 posted 2772 days ago

Very Nice, What a beautiful way to honor your Father’s Proud military service. You should be very proud of this project and your father.

-- Marty Ohio

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#11 posted 2771 days ago


I haven’t made one for myself yet, but I’m still on active duty.

Thanks again, all for the warm welcome.

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#12 posted 2771 days ago

Very nice. Keep your head down.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#13 posted 2766 days ago

Extremely nice and well crafted. You should be proud

-- All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.

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#14 posted 2612 days ago

Great project!

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#15 posted 2611 days ago

You are a great son! You father must be so proud and happy because of your thoughtfulness. Great looking project.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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