Navy Ship's Wheel Shadow Box

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Project by jevarn71 posted 04-17-2011 04:38 PM 31416 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this Navy Ship’s Wheel shadowbox for a retiring Chief Petty Officer I work with. The wood is African Padauk with Ash pegs.

I can’t take credit for the design however, I based it on this one: Ship's Wheel Shadowbox

-- Jason, JEV Woodworking

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#1 posted 04-17-2011 05:18 PM

Wonderful design and great build. Beautiful work.

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#2 posted 04-17-2011 07:05 PM

Great job. The first one of that design I have ever seen.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#3 posted 04-18-2011 02:05 AM

Man this is nice, I was an E-5 when I got out back in 89. Almost makes me wish I would stayed in. Great job!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 04-18-2011 04:03 AM

Really nice Jason! Great design! Anyone who’s served on a ship would appreciate this i think!

-- Jesus was a carpenter

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#5 posted 04-18-2011 05:28 AM

Wow I wish my Father was still alive to see that he was in the Navy and also made shadow boxes. Wow nice work :D

-- "If the Universe is Infinite, Then all dreams are real."

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#6 posted 04-19-2011 05:13 AM

Excellent piece-I like your version better than the commercial offering!

-- Allen, WA

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#7 posted 04-19-2011 05:38 AM

Thanks all for the comments! Building projects like this always make you feel more satisfied when you are making them for someone you know.

-- Jason, JEV Woodworking

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#8 posted 05-25-2011 07:51 PM

Jason, nice work; do you only do work for those you know? I am retiring in July and would like a copy of your version if you are able to complete or the dimensions so I could have it made here in San Diego; thanks. Tim

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#9 posted 05-27-2011 01:01 AM


Absolutely beautiful work. Your effort looks much nicer than the commercial product. Keep up the good work!

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#10 posted 07-20-2011 04:37 AM


There is absolutely no better Ships Wheel Shadowbox on the market right now. You should Patent and sell this. I retire next month and would definately like one if you are still making them. Or know of someone who would make me one of the same style or similar. The only thing that I would like to see is bored holes for coins on the outer ring. But even as it is, this is absolutely perfect!

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#11 posted 07-21-2011 12:57 AM

That is A, #1 fabulous work!!!

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#12 posted 08-02-2011 10:16 PM

I’m trying to make a shadow box similar to this one for my husband, and I have an idea of how to go about it, but it would be very helpful if you could give me a heads up to any plans that I might be able to find on the internet or from you. Great job by the way, it’s very inspiring!


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#13 posted 08-04-2011 11:26 AM

After 22 years of naval service, I would be very interested in one of your sea chest designs. Can you point me in the right direction. Retiring in 9 months.

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#14 posted 08-04-2011 03:23 PM

This is outstanding and is beautifully done.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 01-12-2012 08:51 PM

Wow, looks great. I am retiring after 30 years and 10 months and was wondering if you could make one for me? I like your added wood flag triangle that sets off the wheel tremendously from the one you used as an example. As yet I have not completed 5 posts so can not send you a message and don’t feel comfortable posting my email address for all the world to see, can you contact me and possibly give me an email or phone number so we can discuss if it is possible. Thanks!!

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