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My Retirement Shadow Box/Coffee Table

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Project by USAFPOL posted 540 days ago 2686 views 3 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!





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AlBCuttnWud

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#1 posted 540 days ago

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, Patuxent River, MD

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 540 days ago

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

-- 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

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Pdub

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#3 posted 540 days ago

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.

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hairy

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#4 posted 540 days ago

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

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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airfieldman

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#5 posted 540 days ago

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.

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nakedjoinery

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#6 posted 540 days ago

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

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USAFPOL

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#7 posted 540 days ago

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!

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lightweightladylefty

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#8 posted 540 days ago

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

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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AAWW2005

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#9 posted 538 days ago

Great Job!!! Thanks for sharing!

-- "Your Design or Mine!"

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ASUAlumni02

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#10 posted 507 days ago

Great job Chief! Love it

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