|Project by AlBCuttnWud||posted 11-16-2011 03:42 AM||2336 views||3 times favorited||7 comments|
Just about to get this one wrapped up and ready to present. This is a replica shadow box of the tail of an EA-6B Prowler. My current boss is due to retire in a few weeks and decided to make something he could reflect back to his days of flying for many years to come. It is made of mahogany with a few coats of walnut oil finish. I really wanted to keep a somewhat simply/dull finish to go with the theme of how we paint our a/c with non-glossy paint. I did buff with a high speed buffer and it is slick as glass without the shine if that makes sense.
The downfall of making boxes like this is that there is not as much room to mount things inside like a standard, more traditionaly square type box. It is about 22-24 inches tall and about the same across the bottom.
I have a friend who has a wood cnc machine who carved out the name and wings across the top. Santa…..I want a CNC machine for Christmas.
This was a fun, fairly simple project. Basically I just make the front frame part first just like the facing of a cabinet. Then made the box part to give me the depth and attach the two. I have one of those $20 adjustable protractors that is pricesless for projects like this. Just a little tweak here and there and you get flawless joints without the need for wood putty.
I’m still trying to decide how to display the flag…go with like it is pictured with stars and stripes or just the stars. I welcome any input. Thanks for looking.
-- -Al, Patuxent River, MD