Flag Case - For my Cousin

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Project by Dan M posted 11-12-2011 05:18 AM 1800 views 6 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Earlier this year my cousin Paul lost his battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and, unfortunately, I was not able to attend any of the services held for him. When my mother got back she asked me if I would like to do anything special and I offered to build the case for his flag.

Never having done anything like this before I took to the Internet and did as much research as I could .. of course I spent a lot of time searching the LumberJocks archives looking for ideas and finally settled on the design you see in the first drawing.

Like anything I do the final product is never 100% like what I set out to build.. I would say things always turn out as they should and maybe not how I had intended ;-)

Long story short.. the case is constructed from mahogany with a walnut trim. The base is also mahogany with a walnut trim and, as you can see, I thought it would be nice to provide a spot for a special 4×6 photo.

I am happy to say that my Uncle (pictured holding the case) said that the flag ‘fit like a glove’ and he and my aunt couldn’t be happier.

To the memory of my cousin Paul, and my aunt Charolette (also lost to ALS) – and in thanks of all our service men and women who write a blank check to the United States for any amount up to, and including, their lives.

-- Dan M, SW Suburbs, Chicago IL

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#1 posted 11-12-2011 03:57 PM

I love your design here. the idea of having the foto on it is great. I love how the stand and box are built as one unit here. I made a flag display box (look in my projects) for my fathers flag. It is such an honor to create a piece of art to display the flag. well done sir!!!!!!

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

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#2 posted 11-15-2011 02:16 AM

Being a Vietnam Vet..I will be making one for me..Great..


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#3 posted 11-15-2011 02:23 AM

Thanks for the kind words everyone.

RoundEye (or Jerry) – it would be an honor if you would steal my design and, at the risk of sounding trite, thank you for your service sir.

-- Dan M, SW Suburbs, Chicago IL

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#4 posted 11-19-2011 09:40 PM

I am soon to be out of the Navy and my wife’s GrandFather, who was also in the Navy way back when, just passed away and I am planning on building a shadow box for the flag. I really like this design, I hope you don’t mind if I use it. I really like the look of the box. Do you have the measurements? Thank you so very much.

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#5 posted 11-19-2011 09:54 PM

Sure thing… let me try and embed an image, see if that works. If not, I sent you a message with my email address.. I can send you the SKP if you are a Sketch-Up user.

The base measures 27 1/2” long, 5 1/4” deep and 1 1/2” high.
The flag case itself is 25 5/8” at the base with 18 1/8” sides .. the height of the triangle worked out to be a nice even 11 29/32” :-)

The case itself it a total of 3 7/8” – 3/8” for the walnut edging and 3 1/2” for the mahogany. I just eye balled the spacers to accommodate the bolts and T-nuts I had but, if memory serves, it worked out so a 4×6 picture stood just proud of the bottom edge of the glass so I’m thinking they were, maybe 3 1/2”.

I’m not sure what you were planning on doing for the plaque but I happened to find a place on the Internet that did a pretty good job…

Best of luck and if you have any questions just let me know – will be glad to help!

- Dan

-- Dan M, SW Suburbs, Chicago IL

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