Enlisted to Officer USAF Shadow Boxes

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Project by WMD2006 posted 07-08-2013 06:15 PM 6152 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Matched pair of shadow boxes/flag cases I built for some Air Force retirees. Each one started with a large oak panel for the front, which was then cut out with a jig saw. Plexiglas windows were trimmed to fit with a router and the stripes/plates were cut then resawn out of walnut for contrast.
The backs are hexagons made from oak with biscuits for stability. I built a few 60 deg L brackets to clamp them and it worked much better than my previous attempts. Before I had tried to use a band clamp on the entire assembly but I couldn’t get them as close as I would have liked.

-- -MDWhite

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#1 posted 07-08-2013 06:20 PM

That is a very nice job.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#2 posted 07-08-2013 11:22 PM

Very classy

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 07-09-2013 04:27 AM

This is a great display. They will be thrilled.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#4 posted 07-09-2013 04:31 AM

Very nice….looks really good…well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#5 posted 07-11-2013 02:53 PM

Fantastic shadow boxes! Great design, wood choice and finish. Great tributes to the retirees. Excellent work!

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#6 posted 07-11-2013 04:16 PM


-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 09-15-2016 06:41 PM

Would you consider making another enlisted to officer shadowbox like this? I have a major that is retiring in December and really likes what you’ve done. Would appreciate the chance to discuss.

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#8 posted 08-23-2017 03:15 AM

Sir will you make another one?

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#9 posted 08-23-2017 03:44 PM

I would also be interested in this shadow box if you would consider making another one. My wife is retiring after 30 years and had a combination of enlisted and officer service. Such a great design and quality work. It would be a perfect retirement piece.

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#10 posted 08-13-2018 08:34 PM

This is exactly what I’m looking for! Would you be willing to make another? Please email me at:

Thank you!


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