|Project by brianinpa||posted 12-21-2010 03:59 AM||1302 views||3 times favorited||23 comments|
Through the years, I have made several of these for various friends and relatives. Up until this point, they have all been nothing more than wood, glue, and some glass. This one was different.
January 8, 2010 my Grand-Father passed away at 89 years of age. During WW II he was a Radio Operator in the Signals Corps and he served in the Pacific Theater. He was in the Army for the duration of the war and later retired from the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Lebanon, PA.
I knew that upon his passing I would be making a flag box for the flag that covered his coffin, but I had a hard time coming to grips with the need to build it. I have a lot of fond memories of out-door activities with my Grand-Father and sadly that is all I have left. A few weeks after his funeral my Grand-Mother asked if I would make a box for the flag and she knew the answer to her question without any spoken words.
Spring came and went; Summer is long forgotten; and the leaves were beginning to Fall and still I hadn’t started: mostly because of my emotions. I finally got to it with the intention of completing it for Christmas. Looks like I made it in time, but the problem is that Grand-Ma went on a trip to Georgia to see my Aunt and Uncle. It will be waiting for her when she returns.
Red Oak with Walnut splined miter joints: first time I have used that type of joint so I needed to make a jig first. A LumberJock can never have enough jigs. I finished it with Red Mahogany and wipe on poly.
-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.