USN Chief Petty Officer Shadow Box

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Project by Pat Cavanaugh posted 656 days ago 2118 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the vein of my USAF chevron shadow box, this US Navy Chief Petty Officer shadow box was a commissioned piece for a friend. The box is walnut and the inlay is Baltic Birch ply with Birdseye Maple veneer. The “crow” required the most work as the detail on it does not allow for template work. I first cut it out with a scroll saw, then traced the outline over the top rocker and the door itself. Then I routed the ouline “manually”. Once it was fitting in place, I scrolled out the center section of the rocker. And to give it a little extra, the crow stands proud of the rocker by about 1/16”. Since he is in the medical service, I added the caduceus to the inside of the glass. The last picture is what he gave me to work with. Thanks for looking.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#1 posted 656 days ago


Being in the Navy myself, “Most excellent job!!” Nice creativity on this shadowbox.


-- If a woodchuck could chuck wood, he's probably not a Lumberjock --

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#2 posted 656 days ago

Nice im sure he will really like his shadow box. Outstanding Job. What did you us a finish for the shadow box?

-- --May you have fair winds and following seas--

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#3 posted 656 days ago

Well done indeed—that looks awesome and will go over well I’m sure.


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#4 posted 656 days ago

I’m a Navy Corpsman and a Chief so I definitely love this. Great job.

-- HMC(SW) Ancheta, United States Navy (Active)

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#5 posted 656 days ago

My wife and I are both ex-Navy. I was a Damage Controlman and she was a Corpsman, so it definitely is appealing to her for the rate love. We both think it looks great.

-- Chris-Woodstock, Illinois

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#6 posted 656 days ago

Way kool Pat. Very nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#7 posted 656 days ago

Really nice, clean, and neat.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 655 days ago

Very Nice! Agree w/ helluva…smooth, neat and very clean!

-- Frenchie from Lebo, Kansas

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Pat Cavanaugh

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#9 posted 655 days ago

Thank you everyone for the kind words. RKaste, my usual finish is Formby’s Tung Oil Finish. It is a hand rubbed polyurethane blend. I typically apply 4 coats sanding with 320 grit between coats. The final coat is then buffed with a white synthetic sanding pad to remove any fine dust and residue that may have settled during drying.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#10 posted 655 days ago

Very Nice Project! Thanks for Posting!


-- The Difference Between A BEER And Your OPINION Is, I Asked For The BEER!

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