|Project by Pat Cavanaugh||posted 09-05-2011 10:27 PM||3127 views||4 times favorited||7 comments|
This is a variation of USAF Chevron Shadow Box I offer. Customer conatcted me and asked if I could make him a oak shadow box with walnut stain and birdseye maple stripes. After a couple of messages back and forth I convinced him that the grain in th oak would clash with the birdseye maple and that walnut was the way to go.
I found the maple veneer on line at Woodcraft. The package was nine sequence matched pieces, 8.5” x 25”. I also ordered a 24” x 30” x 1/4” sheet of baltic birch ply to use as the substrate for the veneer. The figure of the veneer was beautiful and I only needed 3 pieces of the veneer for the project so I have 2/3 of it left for other projects.
Other than the extra step of gluing the veneer to the substrate, everything else was exactly the same as my other chevron boxes. After final sanding, the finish is 4 coats of Formby’s tung oil finish.
And the feedback from the customer was very satisfying – “The craftsmanship is first rate !!! Great fit and finish. I am really glad I went with the birdseye maple—it really makes this shadow box “pop”. I am a wood worker and seeing this kind of quality really makes the following statement true: You get what you pay for. I have seen other shadow boxes in my 22 years in the AF, but this one is FAR BETTER than ANY that I have seen. Thank You Pat. You are a true craftsman. I will send you a pic once I get everything together.”
-- Pat - Biloxi, MS