My Retirement Shadow Box/Coffee Table

  • Advertise with us
Project by USAFPOL posted 02-26-2013 09:37 PM 5192 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I retired last Friday after 25 years in the AF and when I was asked what kind of shadow box I wanted, I told them not to worry about it, I’d build one myself. Since my wife has put up with a lot more than I have and sacrificed 25 years of her life, I wanted to make something for the both of us. I have all the items off my old uniforms in the shadow box area, but the engraving plate that is going in it is dedicated to her and the kids for their support. I still have to get the glass cut to cover the entire table, but other than that, it’s ready for use and display.

It wasn’t really that hard to build, but I can say, the AF Emblem inlay was testing my patience, but a good friend of mine from the woodshop talked me into completing it and I’m glad he did, I think it turned out great…thanks Brandon!

I’m glad I built if myself; it means a lot more to the family and plus, it’s not something hanging on the wall but something we can use everday!

10 comments so far

View AlBCuttnWud's profile


692 posts in 2743 days

#1 posted 02-26-2013 10:06 PM

Awesome….. THank you for your service most importantly. I just hit 24 myself, hoping for a few more good years to come. That would be something I would expect to see in a base HQ building…....just a fantastic job.

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

View Jamie Speirs's profile

Jamie Speirs

4168 posts in 2910 days

#2 posted 02-26-2013 10:22 PM

A very nice idea for a shadow box the wife must be delighted.
Is the glass sealed?

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

View Pdub's profile


924 posts in 3233 days

#3 posted 02-26-2013 10:22 PM

Congrats!! I built my own also. They looked at me funny when I told them I would. I told them that I had built almost everyone else’s that had retired from there, why would I let someone build mine! Yours looks great!!

I hope you and your family enjoy your retirement!!!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

View hairy's profile


2726 posts in 3585 days

#4 posted 02-26-2013 10:58 PM

Nice work, Chief! I’ll make mine someday.

-- My reality check bounced...

View airfieldman's profile


184 posts in 3864 days

#5 posted 02-27-2013 12:03 AM

Very nice Chief. I bet we know a few of the same people. I retired from Airfield Management, and have a couple of close friends from POL.

When I retired I felt the same way about a shadow box, knowing it would end up in the attick or garage collecting dust. Instead, I recieved an ingraved captian’s chair.

-- Measure with a micrometer, mark with a crayon, cut it with a chainsaw.

View nakedjoinery's profile


117 posts in 2011 days

#6 posted 02-27-2013 12:29 AM

wow, that is awesome. Thank you for your service and keep making sawdust, because at that rate even your sawdust has to look better than my finished projects

-- mike c

View USAFPOL's profile


124 posts in 2104 days

#7 posted 02-27-2013 12:49 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments and no need to thank me for my service, I feel honored to have been given the opportunity to serve so I thank everyone that has supported us!

View lightweightladylefty's profile


3243 posts in 3766 days

#8 posted 02-27-2013 02:00 AM

What a wonderful idea! You’ll probably get asked to build all the future shadow “boxes”!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

View AAWW2005's profile


114 posts in 3004 days

#9 posted 03-01-2013 12:59 AM

Great Job!!! Thanks for sharing!

-- "Your Design or Mine!"

View ASUAlumni02's profile


165 posts in 2013 days

#10 posted 04-01-2013 04:52 AM

Great job Chief! Love it


Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics