Finally got it finished!
Got the back cut. 1/4” plywood attached with 7 brass screws.
And the name plate is attached. The engraving shop (Village Engraver, Fairfield Shopping Center, Virginia Beach) provided the double sided tape.
The box and base are finished with three coats of Watco Semi-Gloss lacquer. I did a light sanding of 320 grit in between coats. After the lacquer dried, I applied some clear paste wax with 0000 steel wool and buffed. I did this twice. The third coat of wax was applied with a paper towel.
The shells are held in place with a small piece of 3M mounting putty. I was going to use hot melt glue but then I saw these at the store and figured they would probably be less messy. I wanted to keep them in their place snugly. This did the trick.
Thanks for following along! I hope this was helpful to anyone who wants to make a flag box!
-- Dan, Virginia Beach