|Project by Pat Cavanaugh||posted 02-25-2012 03:45 AM||2650 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
This small shadow box was made at the request of a friend who was moving to his new assignment. When most military members depart their unit gives them a small token to remember them by. A common gift is a plaque in the shape of the state they are assigned in. He challenged me to make a shadow box instead of the typical plaque in the shape of Mississippi.
This is one time I was thankful for SketchUp. I found a picture of the state and laid it down as the basis for the box. Then using straignt lines I was able to create the outline for the box. From there, I created each of the 11 pieces needed for the box. Then I was able to get measurements and angles for each of the cuts.
Needless to say assembly was a challenge. Band clamps were useless, but thank goodness for blue tape. I glued 2 or 3 pieces together at a time and then used tape to hold them together until the glue dried. It took about 3 individual glue-ups to get it all together. The face frame is approximately 1 1/2” wide and was routed from a solid glue-up using an MDF template I created. The glass needed to be double strength to accomodate the inside corners Enjoy!
-- Pat - Biloxi, MS