Military Shadow Boxes

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Project by DanJones posted 04-26-2011 02:26 AM 6555 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few of the military shadow boxes I’ve built. The second one, with the weather station design, is my personal box from when I retired in 2005. The only thing I’m unhappy with is the lower facing board on the fourth picture, the one with the fluted columns. It was a rush job that had to be complete in time for a retirement ceremony and that was the only board I had on hand large enough to make that piece. The knot isn’t as prominent in natural light – the flash really makes it stand out – but I really wish I’d had a board with a better grain pattern. Most of the wood is either cherry or walnut. The octagon is oak with walnut inlay and (if I remember correctly) a paduk face frame. The brads are brass upholstery tacks. They’re a decorative element and not really to secure the face frame. Thanks for looking.

-- Dan Jones, NC

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#1 posted 04-26-2011 02:42 AM

I really like the nautical version. You are truly thinking outside the box.

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#2 posted 04-26-2011 05:05 AM

Very Nice! Great designs and tributes!

-- christopheralan

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#3 posted 04-26-2011 06:13 AM

Very, very well done! Truly inspirational pieces. Thanks for sharing.

Hats off to all our men and women in uniform – past, present and veterans. Thank YOU for your military service.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 04-26-2011 10:40 AM

Nicely done. I always like looking at them. I was Navy 84-89 USS Enterprise CVN-65. I have an uncle that will be retiring from the Army after 30 yrs of service as a First Sargent when he returns from Iraq. I need to start thinking up some plans on making him one.

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

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#5 posted 04-26-2011 04:07 PM

They are all very nice. The boat wheel is a great idea.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#6 posted 04-26-2011 06:03 PM

Nice work! I’ve just completed my third, all a bit different. The first for my brother-in-law’s casket flag, another for my Am. Legion Post for a flag that had flown over a remote Afghan outpost, and the last for a local family in need. I never copy another’s design, but I let myself be inspired by them. I really like the wx station idea.

Thanks for sharing.

-- M Clark, Georgia

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#7 posted 04-27-2011 06:20 PM

the fifth one you have there looks very similar to one I designed a while back… all look good.

-- San Diego, CA

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#8 posted 04-27-2011 08:11 PM

They all look great. I make alot of shadowboxes myself and always like seeing new designs.

Welcome to LJ’s. I look forward to seeing all of your projects.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#9 posted 04-28-2011 01:57 AM

Great looking project.

Thank you for your service.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#10 posted 04-28-2011 04:28 PM

Very, very nice! I like the variety of projects you’ve come up with. Very inspirational.

Thank you for your service!!

I retired in 2000 after 23 years in the Coast Guard.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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