Flag Case for my Grandfather's Flag

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Project by sparticvs posted 10-20-2016 02:45 AM 1317 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My grandfather passed away in July. He served in the US Army during WWII and my grandmother was presented with his flag. I asked that I might be able to make her the case for the flag. This is made from cherry and maple and was planed down to 1/2”. I didn’t feel comfortable with the 22.5 angle, so I wanted to stick with 45 degrees. So I did a dovetail joint with the router and 45 degree miters on the bottom piece. Natural Danish Oil with furniture wax to finish. The glass is held in with glazing points.

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#1 posted 10-20-2016 03:03 AM

I recently completed my Father’s flag case. I understand the emotion and love one puts into a project of this sort.
Yours is wonderful! I’m very certain that your family is proud of the display case. My respects to you and your Grandfather!

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#2 posted 10-20-2016 03:25 AM

Used to have the glass etched and back filled with Rub & Buff gold. IIRC it was very reasonable.


-- Madmark -

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#3 posted 10-20-2016 03:36 AM

I forgot but may I compliment you on the placement of the stars of your Grandfathers flag. I built 3 flag cases and one the flags just didn’t look right. I understand that it is customary, that once the flag is folded for a veteran it is not to be unfolded again as a matter of respect.

My question is just how to I get the flag to look right/sharp without refolding it. In my case I’ve been advised to have the local VFW preform a folding ceremony. I’m agreeable with that on the condition it’s done on 11-11-16, Veterans day. We’ll see what they agree with.

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#4 posted 10-20-2016 01:21 PM

Nicely done.


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#5 posted 10-20-2016 01:41 PM

Thanks everyone.

@MadMark, I spoke with my uncle – who served in the navy and has a lot of etiquette knowledge – about etching, and he recommended staying away from anything that could obscure the flag and take away from it’s importance. It’s on his guidance I decided against it.

@Burly Bob, As I said above to MadMark about my uncle, he stressed the importance that I don’t unfold the flag (however in your case where it is done by veteran service members may be different). I did notice when I put the flag in the first time it just looked weird since you only saw 3 stars and they were in an odd position, so I took the flag out and flipped it around. There was a crease in the flag because of how it was folded, and stressed over it for a while, but decided that in the end the purpose of my case was to protect the flag and give it a home that was worthy of my grandfather’s memory.

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#6 posted 10-20-2016 02:29 PM

nice job

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#7 posted 11-08-2016 10:56 AM

Nice project. I am working on one now for a WWII vet.

-- Petey

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