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how to build a shadow box

How to Build a Shadow Box

Prep Time 1 hr
Build Time 4 hrs
Dry Time 1 d

Equipment

  • Miter Saw
  • Circular Saw
  • Nail Gun
  • Router
  • Disposable Paint Brush

materials
  

  • 1 in. x 3 in. x 8 ft. Premium Kiln-Dried Square Edge Whitewood
  • 1 in. x 2 in. x 8 ft. Premium Kiln-Dried Square Edge Whitewood
  • Handprint 15/32 in. x 2 ft. x 2 ft. Sanded Plywood
  • Acrylic sheet
  • Wood filler
  • Sanding block
  • 5/8” nail gun nails 
  • 2” nail gun nails
  • Paint (color of your choice!)
  • Small nail tacks
  • Liquid Nails

Instructions
 

  • Decide on Box Size & Get Materials
  • Cut Wood to Size
  • Create inset for Acrylic Panel & Backboard
  • Build the box
  • Build the Front Frame
  • Cut the Acrylic Panel & Backboard
  • Attach Backboard to Box Frame
  • Paint the Front Frame and Shadow Box
  • Attach Acrylic Panel to Front Frame
  • Fill the Box
  • Attach Front Frame to the box