Shadowbox with Cutlass

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Project by BrownWaterDesigns posted 06-27-2011 10:30 PM 3128 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A fellow Chief brought me a picture of a shadowbox he found online and asked me if I could reproduce it, so I said I would give it a shot. The box measures 36 inches wide, 24 inches high, 10 inches deep at the bottom and tapers to 6 inches deep at the top. The box is constructed of red oak hard and plywoods using #20 biscuits and brad nails. The finish was hand rubbed using Minwax Red Mahogany #225 and General Finishes Arm-R-Seal. I used my CNC machine to cut out the stands for the cutlass and scabbard and attached with 3” deck screws from the top so the cutlass hides the screw heads. The flag triangle is also attached with deck screws throught the back of the box because the retirement flag had not come back yet and I wanted it to be removeable. That way the the flag could be easily installed using simple handtools. I also added some 1 1/4 inch trim around the bottom to add some visual interest and installed a 30” piano hinge on the lid for easy access to the items inside (the brass on the cutlass will tarnish over time and need to be polished) Let me know what you think. Thanks, Matt

-- Matt, Brown Water Designs

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#1 posted 06-28-2011 03:36 AM

Very nice Matt. A shadow box that someone can be proud of.

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

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#2 posted 06-28-2011 02:31 PM

Nice lookin shadow box. I’m sure it will be proudly displayed.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#3 posted 06-28-2011 03:39 PM

Great display. BZ!

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#4 posted 06-28-2011 09:56 PM

Well done, Chief

CWO3 Jim Wright USN (Retired)

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#5 posted 06-29-2011 05:04 PM

Oustanding job! A great way to frame around old glory and all her splendor. Semper Fi.

-- Most people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference, Marines don't have that problem...Ronald Reagan

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