Sergeant Shadow Box

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Project by Gianni posted 12-04-2013 07:59 PM 1553 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Shadow box I did for my father’s (ret US Marine) birthday present.

The backer is Hickory to match the cabinets in their basement bar. The chevrons are walnut. All were drawn out using a single top and bottom template, then cut on the bandsaw with the final cuts done using a router and a template bit (a close look shows some unevenness in the curves because either the template wasn’t perfectly smooth or my router skills aren’t what they should be).

The last picture shows the glass prior to mounting the flag and box to the rear. I etched the rifles into the acrylic with a sandblaster using an exacto knife and packing tape. Credit for that idea goes to a coworker and friend. I think it turned out very nice.

The back of the bottom panel is removable from the rear by taking out 3 small screws, that way he can change what he’s got in there if he needs/wants to (a challenge coin or two would look good in there, and Christmas is coming up fast).

Thanks to others who have done similar projects for the inspiration, and thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 12-04-2013 08:32 PM

That looks awesome!! Please make sure to also tell your father THANK YOU from me and my family we sure do appreciate what all service men and woman have done for us. Again a great job on your piece.

-- Rick, Ohio,

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#2 posted 12-04-2013 10:27 PM

You have been very busy Gianni…too many projects of the same category so commenting on them here as a batch. You have done an excellent job on these shadow boxes for retired service personal. I really like that you have incorporated them in tables, most shadow boxes for the Military I have seen have been wall mounted. Also a great way of saying thank you to all the service personal for what they have done….Great job

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

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#3 posted 12-04-2013 11:39 PM

To larify, the tables aren’t from me – it’s about all I could do getting this thing done before his birthday on Saturday. Thank you for the kind comments.

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#4 posted 12-05-2013 04:13 AM

WOW! I dont know of a US Marine who would not LOVE to have one of these. Great ideal and awesome build. Semper Fi

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#5 posted 12-05-2013 11:03 AM

Sorry Gianni you are correct , my mistake. I should read things more carefully. You still did an excellent job on this one.

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

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#6 posted 12-07-2013 01:16 PM

Outstanding work Gianni. Give a hardy SEMPER FI to dad.

-- Marines: America's 911 Force

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