US Navy EA-6B Prowler Retirement Shadow Box

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Project by AlBCuttnWud posted 11-16-2011 03:42 AM 3404 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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, Chesapeake, VA

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#1 posted 11-16-2011 04:19 AM

Job well done, it looks fine the way it is.

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#2 posted 11-16-2011 04:36 AM

One of the best flag boxes I’ve seen! BZ!

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#3 posted 11-16-2011 05:41 PM

I love building Shadow Boxes and enjoy seeing designs that are not just the everyday cookie cutter idea! Great job!

On another note, I would just go with the stripes for the flag display. The blue the the left looks like the Field of Blue on a standard flag. It might give it a different look.

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#4 posted 11-16-2011 07:32 PM

Nice job, Al. I like it with the flag as you have it. My local friend with the cnc machine is moving away. :( There’s another guy locally that has a laser. Guess I’ll have to try that for engraving. Thanks for the post.

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#5 posted 11-18-2011 04:23 AM

Thanks for the kind comments guys. I can’t wait to present it. I just finished another gift for him so will be posting that soon.

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#6 posted 11-20-2011 12:11 AM

Don’t know how I missed this! Super Job!!

I was in VA-65 and we were one of the first squadrons to get the original A-6A/Bs along with VA-42 and VA-85. We were deployed on the USS Constellation (CVA-64) to Vietnam. Hard to believe they could get 4 guys in that same airframe.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 11-20-2011 02:37 PM

Thanks for the complement.

I actually deployed on Connie in 1999. I believe she had one more afterwards before decommissioning.

My woodworking is about to come to an end for about 6-7 months in a week. Getting this project and another one, pisitol display case, are my last projects before the big clean up and preservation of the woodshop. Please keep my felllow 5,000 Sailors in your thoughts through the holidays.


-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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