Retirement Display Case

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Project by Troy posted 01-12-2010 04:35 AM 4584 views 13 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of the first projects I was going to do after I retired, for myself. It was a challenge as I was going for something a bit different than the typical case(s). Most seem to have the flag cased outside or separately. So I started from scratch and came up with this design/build.
It’s figured maple with padauk splines.
The glass cover and reflections gave me fits during the photoshoot so I had to take them at an angle. The flag “they” give us for retirement was really cheap material and a b*tch to fold correctly, but I stuck with it cause that’s what I got. The stripes were a challenge cause they are typically cloth, so the wife glued them to thin strips of wood for me, and clamped them flat.
The material inside is micro velvet, on top of 3 layers of foam board (for the pins), on top of two layers of 3/4” plywood, backed with 1/2” plywood.
It’s 17” x 27” x 4” and about 45lbs.

-- Troy Bouffard || Master Sergeant, US Army (Retired) ||

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#1 posted 01-12-2010 05:06 AM

Nice work, thanks for your years of service and welcome to Lj’s

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#2 posted 01-12-2010 05:29 AM

That’s the best flag case I have seen, excellent job. Welcome to LJ’s and many thanks for your years of service.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#3 posted 01-12-2010 05:42 AM

Hi ArcticTroy, that is a beautiful display case. I know what you mean about the cheap flag. When I retired that was the first thing my wife noticed. I take it that you were in the 25th ID at some time. I always like to see fellow military people on here. A very big thanks for your years in service. Take care, Flyboy

-- 160th S.O.A.R

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#4 posted 01-12-2010 06:01 AM

Beautiful display case.

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Monty Queen

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#5 posted 01-12-2010 08:14 AM

Awesome job on that awards case. Your medal and insignias look great in there. One day i am going to pull mine out and make a case for mine. I spent 22 years in the the Chemical Corps. Wonderful job.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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Rick Dennington

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#6 posted 01-12-2010 08:20 AM

Greetings Artic Troy: Or should I say Sargent. I see you retired E-8. I also see that you served in Viet Nam, because of the campaign ribbon, R.O.V. campaign ribbon, and others. But mainly I see you served with the 25th Infantry Division. I served with Co. B, 1st. Battallion, 27th Infantry, 25th I.D (Wolfhounds) in 1966-67, and was stationed at CuChi, my basecamp. Rough times then, Sarge!! Hope you made it out ok. I was hit 4 times while there, but made it out alive(obvisouly)..... lol. The case is beautiful, and you did a great job picking out the different woods. I’ve seen quite a few display cases, but this is the nicest one I’ve seen yet. Again, great job, and thank you for your service in the military. I’ve been retired Army for 37 years. I retired young.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#7 posted 01-12-2010 09:24 AM

Thanks for the comments all. And thanks to all other servicemembers.

Rick, I’m not quite that old bud. In fact, I am not quite 40 yet. I just retired though. No way I served in Vietnam. I came in the late 80’s. You may be thinking our Iraq campaign medal looks like your Vietnam campaign medal. Regardless, glad you made it back after being wounded so many times. I finished my career with 1/25th Stryker Brigade (172d Stryker prior to that). We had the 25th ID CDR there with us during our last tour, MG Caslen.

Flyboy, Monty, how’s life after the military for ya?

I am glad it seems many of you like it. I may try to draw up the plans for it if possible.

-- Troy Bouffard || Master Sergeant, US Army (Retired) ||

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#8 posted 01-12-2010 11:15 AM

Nicely done, I’ll be making 2 shadow boxes, one for myself and one for my brother.

And thanks for serving!!

-- Tim - Austin, TX

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#9 posted 01-12-2010 02:26 PM

ArticTroy, that’s one of the best display cases I’ve seen. I’m going to do something like that with mine. the one “they” gave me is cheap and looks cheap. Thanks for your service. I spent 21 years in the submarine force punching holes in the ocean, retired in 1985.

I’m not up on Army insignia. I assume the hash marks on the right are years of service. What are the one’s on the left?

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#10 posted 01-12-2010 02:45 PM

Great job AticTroy, I also received the “shaby” flag for 20 years in the Army (4 Combat Engineer and 16 Infantry). I’ve been retired since 2001 and that is also on my to do list. This is the best flag case that I have also seen.

-- Jerry Miller

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#11 posted 01-12-2010 06:08 PM

Love the case Arctic Troy! I make alot of cases for retirees and just favorited this for the future. I hope you don’t mind. I guess I am one of the lucky ones. I actually got a nice flag for my retirement.

You asked how life after the military is : It’s great. I retired about three years ago but work civil service in a shop with a bunch of AF guys. I am proud of my 22 years but am glad that I retired when I did. Too many things have changed since I enlisted (not all for the good either). LOL I hope you enjoy yours, it is well deserved. Thanks for your dedication and welcome to LJ’s.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#12 posted 01-12-2010 07:01 PM

You do great work Troy!

-- Happiness is being covered in sawdust

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#13 posted 01-12-2010 07:15 PM

Beautiful work and wood choice. Not retired military but did serve from 1966 to 1969. Good to see you are proud of your service.

I am presently building a display case for my Father-In-Law who served in WWII. Mine will not be able to compete with yours, but the sentiment will be there.

Thanks again and great work.

-- Bill - If I knew GRANDKIDS were so much fun I would have had them first.

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#14 posted 01-12-2010 08:39 PM

Great idea. I have a cousin who is retireing as a Chief Bosun’s mate this fall. I will suggest it to his wife.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#15 posted 01-12-2010 09:52 PM

Great job on the case, it is beautiful! And thank you for your service.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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