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Memorial Flag Display Case for my Dad

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Project by MUST58GT posted 10-28-2018 02:57 PM 369 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this memorial flag display case for my Mom for Christmas last year. My Dad passed away earlier that year after a long bout with dementia which, as some of you know, is a rough way to go.

Found a few pieces of heart pine from my grandfather’s 90+ year old barn which has been since torn down. Old pine can be a little brittle and splinter, so I had to prep the wood before I actually started on the flag case. Heart pine is heavy and fairly dense wood, and you could still smell the pine sap after all those years.

I experimented with a red dye and pecan stain finish. You may not be able to see it in the pictures but I sealed and then sprayed the wood with a silver enamel. Not sure what inspired this but, then sanded it all off leaving silver highlights in the grain of the wood.

Also, my Dad was in the Air Force during the Korean War. I did some research about the radar base where he was stationed in the early 1950’s and noticed a picture of the shoulder patch that everyone at that base wore on their uniforms. Five minutes later, I found an eBay ad for that original 60+ year old patch so I bought it and included it in the gift to my Mom.

-- Richard, Austin TX - "Every repair job is really just an upgrade oppty in disguise!"





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Nickkwins

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#1 posted 10-28-2018 10:21 PM

Looks fantastic, love the joint at the top!

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#2 posted 10-29-2018 02:47 AM

Very nice details especially the flag case joints. Nice job finding the patch thanks to his service

-- Do it with your heart in it.........

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#3 posted 10-29-2018 09:42 AM

Nice! Sorry about your dad.

-- Petey

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#4 posted 10-31-2018 04:27 AM

The final colour on the display case turned out rather well I think! I would love to know what dye or stain you’re using – I reckon that it could be a good option for some of the wood projects I’m working on! Looking forward to hearing from you!

-- Cameron Robertson, Manager of storage Dee Why - http://supercheapselfstorage.com.au/facilities/sydney/northern-beaches/self-storage/cameron-robertson/

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MUST58GT

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#5 posted 11-02-2018 04:20 PM


The final colour on the display case … could be a good option for some of the wood projects I m working on! Looking forward to hearing from you!

- Cameron Robertson

hi Cameron,

I wire brushed the wood to first give it some texture. Then I applied General Finishes Salem stain and, later, wiped it down with a mix of water and Transtint Red Mahogany dye.

After both of those layers dried, I sprayed the wood with enamel and lightly sanded until the silver color only remained in the recesses of the grain. Think I finished with a couple layers of semi-gloss lacquer.

You can use a variety of combinations for a different look. Hope that helps and good luck with your project!

Richard

-- Richard, Austin TX - "Every repair job is really just an upgrade oppty in disguise!"

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Knothead62

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#6 posted 11-10-2018 07:08 PM

Always a sad day to lose a father. Mine was a WWII veteran, USAF, Pacific Theater, 1942-1946. In my time, just about every father in our neighborhood was a WWII or Korean War veteran.

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