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Project by cplant posted 05-20-2011 10:05 PM 1993 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After waiting 20 years to finally receive my fathers flag, I was very excited to make this display box for it. The top trim is cocobolo with a lazer engraved piece of walnut. The bottom is trimmed out with narrah. The sided are curly maple and bloodwood with a zebrawood spacer. I finished this with ten coats of bush oil and two coats of wax. I had a great time making this and now I have to make a stand for it…more pics to come.

-- "...if america is any indication, i was born into one great big vacation...." RMB

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#1 posted 05-20-2011 10:20 PM

I really like the contrasting woods, very nice.

-- Doug...

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#2 posted 05-20-2011 10:25 PM

Great Job on what I bet was a very meaningful project to you my Friend…
Thanks for sharing it, and Welcome to LJ’s!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#3 posted 05-20-2011 11:21 PM

Welcome to LJ. I have made several flag cases and each one was special. It is the one thing for which I will never take money. My greatest honor was being able to make my fathers flag case. I’m not sure how many will appreciate being given that honor, but it is, indeed, special. Your efforts, especially in the details, will be cherished forever by your family. I can tell that your father meant a great deal to you. I’m sure he, too, appreciates what you have done in his honor.

-- Then, Than, Their, There, They're, To, Too, Two.....Pine, Maple, Walnut....We need to know the difference.....

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#4 posted 05-21-2011 03:36 AM

That is one of the best flag cases that I have seen. Years ago I built a flag case and on the back I put the following:


The 21 gun salute at military funerals stands for the sum of the numbers in the year – 1776

The honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the American flag 13 times:

1st fold is a symbol of life.

2nd fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.

3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.

4th fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.

5th fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decaur, “Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong”.

6th fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and the Republic for which it stands, on Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

7th fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.

9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of men and women who have made this country great has been molded.

10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.

11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrew’ eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians’ eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.

13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nation’s motto, “In God We Trust.”

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and the Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who we were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#5 posted 05-21-2011 05:10 AM

Thanks for the info on the flag ceremony. I have never seen this and will post it on my Dad’s (yet to be made flag box). Why did it take so long to get the flag?

-- I may not have a lot of good ideas, but some of them are just incredible.

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#6 posted 05-21-2011 05:37 AM

That is absolutely Beautiful. Great Job… God Bless.

-- David Delka

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#7 posted 05-21-2011 08:40 AM

Thats the one! I have been waiting for a design to properly display my fathers flag. I hope to loosely base mine on your design if you dont mind. very nice.


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#9 posted 05-21-2011 03:38 PM

wow…I am in aww reading all these comments. Thank you all very much!!!
kenns….It was such an honor to make this flag….during the process I teared up a couple of times.
halltree….thanx for the info on the ceramony, a pleasure to read.
robert…I would be absolutely honored if you use some ideas from my design, Im glad it was inspiring for you.
hasbeen….well the story goes….20 years ago my dad died. the flag was presented to his mother at the funeral. I never stayed in contact with his side of the family after he passed. I recently reconnected with my cousins and aunt and uncle. I asked my aunt (my dads sister) about the flag and next thing you know….I received it this spring. good things come to those who wait.

Thanx again for all the great comments….glad to be here on LJ!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- "...if america is any indication, i was born into one great big vacation...." RMB

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