|Project by CoreyC||posted 08-13-2009 02:12 AM||1339 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
I made this for a friend after her father died. He was a veteran and she wanted something that she could use to both protect and display the flag she received at his funeral. A daunting task to do something so important for someone suffering from such a huge loss.
The piece is made of quatersawn white oak with walnut accents. Both species have a long history in American woodworking and I felt traditional American wood would be best to honor an American hero. The corners are cornerpost dovetails with walnut posts. The back panel is edge glued bookmatched walnut thin stock. The “glass” is actually a high-quality Lexan that’s reported to be nearly unbreakable, scratch resistant and has good UV protection. I finished it with some wipe on poly, hand sanding between each coat until I got into the 800 grit range. I attached some sturdy wire to the back so that it can be hung on a wall when she chooses to display it.
The upper triangle is for the flag, the lower triangle is a removable insert with a place for his (military) photo. Flanking the opening for the photo there is space for any medals, rank insignia, etc that he may have earned. At the bottom point of the lower triangle is a medallion with the official seal of the branch of the military that he was in. The inside is covered in black velvet.
I’d also like to give my heart-felt thanks to all the members of the military – past, present and future – for their service and for protecting those who stay at home.
-- -- In my family "You haven't worked on it 'til you've bled on it"