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My Commanding Officer is retiring after 31 years in the Navy and this is his shadowbox. We ordered one and three days before the ceremony, the guy called and said that he wanted another hundred and fifty bucks to get it to me before the retirement. Needless to say, I quickly went into design/manufacture mode and cranked this thing out in a day and a half (total man hours were around 12 not including drying time between finish coats.) It isn’t perfect and if I’d had even one more day to work on it, I would have been able to work out a few more of the kinks. In the end, I’m stuck with the feeling of knowing that it could have been better here, a little straighter there but not a bad finished product. I’ll find out tomorrow if he likes it. If you are looking at this post because you’re searching for help making one of these and have questions, please email me and I will get back to you as soon as I possibly can. Thanks for looking!
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your shadow box shows fine skill and the care that one has for anouther. don't worry about the imperfections if anyone says anything about them just tell them if they can do better then get at it. us old military folks are happy to meet others with the same background reguardless of branch of service. fine job again.
tsgt r. harper ret. usaf
First, you did an outstanding job! The imperfections that worry you are not imperfections at all. Those imaginary blemishes you notice are only in your eyes. The new owner, your CO, will place your handy work on his mantel and reserve a place in his heart for the time, talent and energy that you invested in his honor. By taking on the challenge and creating a memory (shadow box) with your own hands you have connected his retirement to his Sailors for the rest of his life. What greater gift could your Captain receive! Well done - BZ!
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