Shadow Box

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Project by LincolnLog posted 01-05-2012 11:02 AM 2758 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Someone in my squadron asked if I would take care of a shadowbox for their retirement. After looking around to several sites online and seeing the cost and lead time for them I decided to hit the shop. I really liked the Air Force logo, but couldn’t find any plans for one and I only had a life-size print out of it. It took me a little longer than I had originally hoped but it turned out pretty good. Like a lot of other projects I ran into a couple of areas that made me stretch my abilities.

It was presented today during the ceremony and most everyone like it and commented that they have not seen one like it before.

Please post any comments or suggestions for the next one, as I definitely learned some “don’ts” along the way.

I’ve had a couple of questions on here. First the back is held on with 6 X 5/8 flathea screws. Secondly, the metal objects all have pins on the back and they are simply hammered into the 1/4” plywood backing. I was sure to put a heavy tape over the head of a lightweight ball peen hammer and easily nailed them right in. They poked out on the back some so I took a large file and knocked them down smooth so they were small dots that were hardly noticable. The non-metallic items were all held in place with hot glue.

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#1 posted 01-05-2012 12:35 PM

could you explain how the back is attached and how are the medals and pins attached ? You did a very nice job on this project !!!!

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#2 posted 01-05-2012 05:05 PM

That is first class, nice job!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#3 posted 01-05-2012 06:08 PM

Fantastic shadow box,well done.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 01-05-2012 06:36 PM

Cleaver design and good work, however I have not been a fan of that Logo since it came out. I much prefered the historic 1940’s version. Everytime I turn around I am watching the next Air Force cheif of staff change the AF history and turn the AF into a mockery. (sorry stepping off the Soapbox now).

1yeldud1, When I retired from the AF (a year ago) I got the good ole stripes box. The backing on mine was attached with small screws into the case. The Felt is attached to the back board with contact cement. The medals in mine are attached to the felt with RTV Silicon. However I have seen boxes that used epoxy and or CA glue. Most folks attach the goodies inside with what ever they have in thier shops at work. (double bubble = 5 Min epoxy)

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#5 posted 01-05-2012 08:47 PM

It looks marvelous. You’ve arranged the medals inside quite nicely as well. I’m sure it will be a cherised possession.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#6 posted 01-06-2012 12:15 AM

Nice lookin shadow box. I have seen the AF symbol box but not the same style as this. Good job!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#7 posted 01-06-2012 01:09 AM

Great design!! Very well done.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#8 posted 01-06-2012 02:12 AM

Awesome job! Am I the only one who sees an alien? Look for the eyes (dark spots) below the two long pieces. The star is the nose and below that the three smaller pieces are the mouth.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#9 posted 01-06-2012 07:54 AM

Nicely done.

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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