LumberJocks

A Flag Display Box #1: Another Honor and Privilege...

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by littlecope posted 1641 days ago 1115 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of A Flag Display Box series Part 2: The Jointing Begins »

I haven’t had a whole lot of time lately but began work on making a box for my Dad’s Burial Flag. It’s been going agonizingly slow, with so little time available…
He earned his Flag as a 20-year Naval Reservist, one of hundreds of thousands of young men who volunteered for service when things were heating up over in Korea. Patriotic Fervor about our country was still wide-spread and strong, happening so soon after WWII, and so many volunteered that the Services didn’t have room!! But, if they were still resolved to their decisions, they were gladly taken into the Reserves. My Dad, with engineer aptitudes, ended up training for work in the Seabees, spending his On Board time with stops in Venezuela, Nicaragua, Panama, and Cuba. My Mom, who had waited patiently at Home with my older Brother, received the flag December 26, 2009.
I found some suitable Wood in my Parent’s Cellar. I’m not sure where they came from, but they were down there for at least 25 years, that I can remember. Red Oak from my Parent's House My Dad’s thought was that it’s Red Oak. It is as dense as can be, very heavy for its size… I began to clean it up a little with my Belt SanderRough Sanding with Belt Sander Yeah, I know, wouldn’t you just love me for a tenant, working right on the carpet! To my defense though, when I moved in over ten years ago the carpets were already 25 years old, if they were a day! It actually makes a great non-skid surface for a shop besides, and is far better for my poor old ankles and feet to stand on for long periods of time than the concrete floor I stand on at work!
Looking at the two boards, I saw that they had been split on one side, rather than sawn…Boards were split, rather than sawn
Which means that this Box is already predetermining its own height, by the lowest common denominator.
I went ahead and cut the boards to width on the Table Saw and, while I was at it, cut the Groove or Dado where the Lexan will fit later on… Somewhere in there, I also cut the longer of the two in half…After Sizing and Cutting Slots, Sanding begins...
I’ll spare you the grisly details, but then began the sanding in earnest… While I worked, I pondered the first of the decisions that needed to be made here. I took some quick measurements off of one I had previously madeClick for detailsDecisions, decisions...
This box is a Right Angle, which will be stood on its hypotenuse. The only dimension I need, for my purposes, is the inside measurement of the hypotenuse. The last ones I made, measured at 23”, and left about a half inch of space between the resting flag and the box. I’d like to “close that up” some, but shortening the longest part of the triangle is tricky business!! A little bit will go a long way… Add to that, I’m already thinking ahead to the hardware for this! I hate that, when I’m distracted by a later part of a project instead of concentrating on the work at hand. For Hinges I know what I want to do, but I’ve got an idea for some sort of Wooden Closures and my mind wants to race ahead and think about this new and different thing…Thinking about a Closure...
While I was pondering these things, I thought I’d sneak in one of my shop projects. As most of you know, my Table Saw is definitely on the low end of the scale, but I made it marginally useful for my small projects by simply mounting it on a very burly end table, one of my neighbors was kind enough to cast away. I located four wooden pegs in the appropriate spotsTable for Table Saw
And it just slides into place…Table Saw in place I have a large, glued-up slab of 1 1/8” Oak that fits the top pretty well and, when not in use, it becomes a passable work bench too…
The sanding not withstanding, I couldn’t wait and began the marking of these the other night, marking what will become the base of the triangle. The Old Guys knew what they were about when they used the pieces themselves to do the marking and I do that wherever possible.Marking using the Boards themselvesMarking the other side
I’ll be using a sort of radical 45° finger or box joint and ultimately decided to shave a half an inch off of the inside length to 22 1/2”.After MarkingAfter marking one end
And that’s the story so far, collectively about two hours work, but spaced out in bits and pieces. I’m using tape and a pen this time for nice, crisp lines. It might even help with splintering, as Old Oak like this is wont to do… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.



11 comments so far

View degoose's profile

degoose

6981 posts in 1960 days


#1 posted 1641 days ago

Just love reading about your projects… they always have an interesting story attached…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

View jockmike2's profile

jockmike2

10635 posts in 2852 days


#2 posted 1641 days ago

Me too Mike, your Dad had to be going through your mind too. A bit of distraction. A great project I wish I could have done for my father, unfortunately he decided to move to California and have his ashes scattered at sea. Big deal huh. I always had feelings about that. Like we (the family) never really had a chance to say goodbye. You are very fortunate. You are also a great guy!! mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

View patron's profile

patron

12977 posts in 1946 days


#3 posted 1640 days ago

looking good , mike .
i know you will come up with something different ,
you always do .

new hinging sounds fun !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

View littlecope's profile

littlecope

2889 posts in 2107 days


#4 posted 1640 days ago

Thanks, my Friends, but I’m just your humble reporter, the stories are what they are. I’m not nearly imaginative enough to make them up!! Like one of my Dad’s favorites: He was a BIG Meat-eater and when on leave, he found a place in Venezuela where they served a steak literally bigger than the plate and over 2” thick!! His favorite part: it only cost $1.79!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

View lew's profile

lew

9957 posts in 2361 days


#5 posted 1640 days ago

Great story, Mike!

Your Dad would be proud of the display case.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

View a1Jim's profile

a1Jim

112002 posts in 2183 days


#6 posted 1640 days ago

Good blog Mike

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

View Loucarb's profile

Loucarb

2388 posts in 2051 days


#7 posted 1640 days ago

Great blog & even greater tribute to your father.

View Bob Kollman's profile

Bob Kollman

1796 posts in 1796 days


#8 posted 1640 days ago

Looks good so far….I know what you mean about the 25 year old carpet…

Ours was like that I had to break down and pay half so we could get a new one.

Look mforward to seeing the end result.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

View stefang's profile

stefang

12611 posts in 1940 days


#9 posted 1640 days ago

A great way to pay your respects to you father Mike and as always a good blog on your project.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

View LittlePaw's profile

LittlePaw

1571 posts in 1684 days


#10 posted 1639 days ago

It is a great honor and privilege to serve the greatest country we love. What measures a country’s greatness (according to our late Pres. Ronald Reagan) is by the number of people flocking to it. On the other end of the scale are those countries that won’t allow anyone to leave. good job, Littlecope.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

View poopiekat's profile

poopiekat

3563 posts in 2340 days


#11 posted 1605 days ago

My own father was a Navy man during WWII, touring the Mediterranean and then Panama and Cuba in ‘45 and ‘46. He knew lots of Seabees, and there was some sort of office for Seabees in Nashua which I remember going with him there when I was young. He had a full military funeral in 1968, and I’ve had my eye on the flag the Commander gave my Mom ever since. The flag is in a trunk now which hasn’t been opened in 40 years. Your story reminds me that I should once again try to get that flag, measure and build a case for it like you did. Thank you, Mike, for honoring our Vets. As you mentioned in a PM to me once, it is indeed a small world!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase