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Memorial Flag Cases

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Project by GrandsonOfRue posted 01-07-2010 05:06 AM 1202 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I purchased two of these cases following the death of my father. The second one was for my grandfather’s flag who was a WWII vet. I love the design. So much richer in than the basic triangle with no demeanor. I was very disappointed in the finish of the purchased cases. Rough to the touch and the backs were literally splintered scrap from the shop. I just feel that for the money and for what they are for this is one project that deserves incredible attention.

My very close friend lost his father who was a WWII vet. He was buried at a National Cemetary with honors and it was a very very moving experience for me. I was asked to build these and it will be a very very special project I will never forget. I was able to hone some skills during construction and it goes to show that an individual can affect someone and help someone grow even in death.

There are slight differences in the frames. The originals I had purchased were constructed first then routered which left odd effects at the point the router would not get down into the joint. I chose to rout the interior frame to stop points then put it together. This gave a nice flow to the profile.

If you sit these back to back they are within a 16th of an inch in exact match to each other which I was pleased with considering I did construct them in two separate processes. Part of my issue with the ones purchased was sloppy fit and finish. The glass was not exact nor the back. I took extra care and the glass fits so close that you have to follow a precise method of install. The back also fits nice and snug.

The biggest challenge was getting the 45 angles to match exactly and to get the frame to match exactly to the sides of the case at the same angle.

A very satisfying project. As soon as possible I hope to add a picture with the flags in the cases.





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#1 posted 01-07-2010 05:15 AM

Nice work, thats a great way to remember them.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#2 posted 01-07-2010 05:39 AM

Welcome to the site. It’s a shame that some shops don’t pay more attention to detail on these, considering the reason for making them. The family members that receive flags will keep them and display them for a very long time. It speaks volumes of your character to take the time and show this level of care in the construction. Depending on how recent and traumatic the loss, the family may not feel inclined to say “Thanks”, but rest assured it is appreciated.

-- If you don't have time to do it right, do you have time to do it twice?

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#3 posted 01-11-2010 10:24 PM

Nice job on the flag cases. A great looking design.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#4 posted 03-16-2010 09:19 PM

Very handsome cases. Much better design than most.

-- Dave O.

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#5 posted 07-01-2012 12:05 PM

very nice. i have a veterans flag of some one i hold very dear, and have plans to make a case for it. thanx for the motivation. sheetzy

-- Sheetzy

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