This is a mock up of the flag display

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Project by Rustic posted 08-10-2009 04:11 AM 1645 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my 1st attempt at making a flag diplay. I am going to be making 2 of them. One for my Grandfather and one for my aunt’s father. I don’t have the glass yet or the back yet but I will have them for the final project. I have seen neilv i believe put the casings in the front. I just need to figure out where to put them. I have just tacked this one together so I can pull it apart to use as a template. The original plan called for 20 inch sides, I bumped it up by 3/16 and added a 1/4 inch to the bottom. It should fit the flags that will go in them.

This truely an honor to be building these. I am looking at some cherry for these.

Thanks a bunch

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#1 posted 08-10-2009 04:21 AM

good start

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#2 posted 08-10-2009 04:24 AM

Very nice start. I’ve also made a few flag cases and they are fun and rewarding to make. I got my plan from our local woodworkers group website – which has worked out nice for me.

-- Don

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#3 posted 08-10-2009 04:56 AM

Looks like you are doing a great job!!! I am making 3 right now. (1 cousin and 2 grandfathers). Hey Don thanks for the link. The plans that I have make it where you can’t change the glass. This solves the problem.

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#4 posted 08-10-2009 05:20 AM

Also thanks for the plans. A neat trick for the glass replacement if necessary.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 08-10-2009 05:35 AM


I was told by someone that you take 3 of the casings and put one in folds of each corner of the folded flag.

These look really great.

Have you considered a rectangular base (box like) under the triangle. It makes a nice place to mount a name plate.


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

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#6 posted 08-10-2009 07:21 AM

I just finished making one of these….I guess I should have waited till I saw this one and the link to the plans! I must admit, this was one project that I felt honored and a bit somber making. Nice start, cherry will finish up beautifully and really compliment the flag.

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#7 posted 08-10-2009 03:43 PM

Building a prototype or mock up is a good idea … gives you an opportunity to practice on inexpensive materials.

About three years ago, American Woodworker magazine had an article on builiding cases for burial flags that is a little different design than the one in the link provided by Don. Burial flags are 5’ x 9 1/2’, and when properly folded form a triangle that is about 22 1/8” wide and 11” high.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#8 posted 08-10-2009 08:25 PM

Enjoy the plans … I’ve made a few changes to them myself. Like routing the dados on the base before putting the case together. It really makes handling one piece much easier than the whole thing. I also build a spline maker which makes it totally brainless to add splines. I’ve seen a few posted on here as well. I’ve also eliminated the route around the front – this leaves room to add a plaque if desired. I’m still looking for some better “feet” designs, remembering the feet have to hold the piece for the glass in so it has to be removable.

-- Don

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#9 posted 08-10-2009 10:04 PM

Thanks for the comments. I am going to try lews suggestion. And I think I am going to try pocket holes to put them together

TheDane——the flag is 24 inches on the long fold. The prototype is a perfect match. Thanks SouthPaw.

Lew I have thought of that.

I got the plans from a free plan website. I am not using Southpawca’s right now. But I may in the future

I am going to use cherry for one and I believe bloodwood for the other. I happen to have some laying around from Tearen.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#10 posted 08-12-2009 04:15 AM

I’ve also made several, I only have one posted right now though. I’m a big fan of contrasting splines. I built some quick sleds to help with the splines. The other thing that I like to pay attention to is make sure the grain continues across the top. On this box I didn’t use splines just because I ended up staining this one and i wasn’t going to mess with it. I just used glue and tape as the clamps.

-- It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

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