Walnut and Birdseye Maple USAF Chevron Shadow Box

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Project by Pat Cavanaugh posted 1081 days ago 2521 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 1081 days ago

way to go pat

and a great customer feedback

well done

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#3 posted 1081 days ago

Very well done. Nice veneer work

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#4 posted 1081 days ago

Wonderful project

-- Norman

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#5 posted 1080 days ago

I’m Air Force as well, and this shadow box design of yours is awesome.

I’d love to see what ideas you’d have for the various officer ranks.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#6 posted 896 days ago

Really like this shadow box….I’m a MSgt getting ready to retire….any way I can get an order in.

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