Sergeant Major Retirement Shadowbox with handmade Crash Fire Rescue Axe

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Project by Patriotwoodworker posted 10-16-2013 12:42 PM 4722 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built a shadowbox to house our Sergeant Major’s Dress Blue coat, and used the Jacket to mount his personal awards and decorations. He was a Crash Fire Rescueman originally in the Marine Corps, so I made a Rescue Axe and engraved a Sergeant Major Chevron (rank) in the head of the Axe and a tiny CH-46E helicopter in the hilt of the handle.

The completed photo has the engraved placard and patch above the shoulders and a coin mounted inside the collar of the jacket.

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#1 posted 10-16-2013 12:47 PM

Very nice build. Please on my Thank You for your service to the Sergeant Major.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 10-16-2013 02:29 PM

VERY nice. Perhaps the nicest display I’ve seen. LOVE the axe.
I was stationed at MCAS Yuma and the CFR guys stayed pretty busy. Mucho respect from me.

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#3 posted 10-16-2013 03:41 PM

Very cool idea. Nice job!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#4 posted 10-16-2013 03:51 PM

You did a fine job on this and I can’t imagine how much that he must have appreciated it.

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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#5 posted 10-16-2013 04:37 PM

Great work, Love the display Semper Fi to him….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 10-17-2013 02:29 AM

The axe was a great extra touch. What a great idea. Another excellent project.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#7 posted 10-17-2013 04:27 AM

A very nice shadowbox for the Sergeant Major’s uniform and decorations as a constant reminder of where and who he has served with….great work.

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

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#8 posted 10-17-2013 08:20 PM

Semper Fidelis! That is another awesome piece.

-- MonkeyMonk

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#9 posted 10-17-2013 09:28 PM


-- If no one will ever see it, all the more reason to make it right

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#10 posted 12-17-2013 02:13 PM

PWW: Very nice. Quite different than the ones I’ve seen and the one I have. (Submarine qualified Master Chief) Enjoy makin’ sawdust.

-- DonB

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#11 posted 03-28-2015 03:20 PM

Question for you, how did you hang this on the wall?

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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