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Project by DamnYankee posted 02-10-2014 07:06 PM 958 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another shadow box made for one of our retirees.
She retired as a LtCol but was prior enlisted.

The box is made of poplar repurposed from a pallet. Many of the pallets we get here are specifically built for shipping a piece of equipment and frequently are constructed of heavier than usual pieces.

The finish is Minwax Dark Mahogany with about 7 coats of spray on shallac.

The frame is cut to about a 7-degree bevel.

The groove around the side is actually due to a deepish chip out that was created when I was cutting the bevel. The chip was narrow but about an 1/8” deed. I really did not want to use a wood fill and any other repair method as the spot would be very visible. I realized the chip was a hair (literally) narrower than my saw blade so cut the groove all the way around just a hair deeper than the chipout. Worked out well and added a bit of relief (in both the surface of the frame and in my frustration).

The flag was donated by one of her subordinates, it was flown over both Iraq and Afghanistan as indicated by the certificate on the right side.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#1 posted 02-10-2014 07:12 PM

Very elegant, DY. I’m sure she will love it.
Nice save, BTW.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 02-10-2014 07:18 PM

Very nice. Do you know which camps the flag was flown over?

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#3 posted 02-10-2014 07:54 PM

Looks fantastic!

Nice job on the two saves!
From pallet to project….
& A tragedy to triumph!!!

Way to go!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 02-10-2014 08:11 PM

Chris – Being Air Force we mean the flag was flown over the whole country as in 20,000’ over

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#5 posted 02-10-2014 08:13 PM

beautiful Rob, it will be treasured for a long time ,well done

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#6 posted 02-10-2014 08:24 PM

Ah, gotcha. Thanks, Shameless.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#7 posted 02-10-2014 09:23 PM


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#8 posted 02-10-2014 10:28 PM

Well done Rob. Nice save and really does set off that edge nice. Some of the best design comes from things like that.

Great honor for her service.

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#9 posted 02-11-2014 12:33 AM

Excellent tribute, I sure she’ll be delighted.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#10 posted 02-11-2014 05:32 AM

Very Nice Project Indeed! Thanks For Sharing.


-- Can You Hear The Toilet Flushing?

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#11 posted 02-11-2014 11:21 AM

Nicely done. I thank her for her service.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#12 posted 02-11-2014 01:05 PM

Rob you know they wont let you retire cause you make all the going away presents.
Well done…

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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