Dad's Interment Flag Case

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Project by builtinbkyn posted 12-22-2016 03:07 PM 655 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not having posted in quite a while, I thought I’d share the memorial flag case I recently completed for my father’s interment flag. Dad passed in May of this year at the age of 97. A veteran of WWII, Dad served in the Army Dental Corps and reached the rank of captain. After the end of WWII, Dad practiced Dentistry for another 50 years and enjoyed a long retirement, getting time to spend with his grandchildren and walking the dog, of which he outlived quite a few.

The case is constructed of cherry and plexiglass. It’s finished with a mix of Waterlox, Minwax Poly and Johnsons Paste Wax. The mix was given a slight tint to give the wood a little warmth until it does so on it’s own. I have plans of constructing a base which will hold the case along with Dad’s military ID, his War Dept. orders and Captain’s bars. I’ll update when that’s complete.

We all miss my Dad. This will be the first Christmas without him.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#1 posted 12-22-2016 03:11 PM

I am sorry for your loss. Your Dad was one of America’s Greatest Generation to whom we all owe our freedom.

Beautiful job on the flag case. I’m sure your Dad is proud of what you’ve done.

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

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#2 posted 12-22-2016 03:51 PM

you done a great job

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#3 posted 12-22-2016 04:36 PM

Sorry for your loss. A great generation of heroes, your memorial to his life is very fitting.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 12-22-2016 09:47 PM

Bill, my condolences. It sounds like he enjoyed a great life.

-- Art

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#5 posted 12-22-2016 11:02 PM

Having lost my father a couple years ago and making his urn and flag case I know all to well how heart wrenching it can be to have to make these. My condolences and kudos at the same time.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#6 posted 12-23-2016 12:38 AM

Thanks all. Art he did have a long wonderful life. He may not have agreed how wonderful it was at times, but he did know how to enjoy himself LOL I think we all take things for granted. We were lucky to have him around for so long.

Condolences to you too Jim. It was a tough task and though it may show in the final product, it wasn’t the woodworking that was tough. I almost scrapped the whole thing as I wasn’t happy with how I was executing it. It looks simple and rightfully is a relatively simple project, yet I was lost for answers on how to do some of those simple tasks while performing them. I guess my mind was wandering a bit.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#7 posted 12-23-2016 10:44 AM

Bill the flag case looks just fantastic. I am sorry to hear about your loss, the first holidays always seem to be toughest when you lose someone.

I’m sure he is proud of the job you did. Merry Christmas to you and your family

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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