|Project by FJPetruso||posted 03-07-2012 03:09 AM||2075 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
A while back a friend who is a reenactor commissioned me to make a display case to hold a flag & parchment. Back in 2004 the flag was flown on the Keel Boat that made the trip on the Missouri River to commemorate the journey of Meriwether Lewis & William Clark to the Pacific Ocean 200 years before. The flag is the version of the time period… “Old Glory”... with fifteen stars & fifteen stripes & was also rolled up as was done in the time. Instead of the now traditional triangular shape of a folded flag.
The parchment has the signatures of all the men who volunteered to man the boat for the commemoration.
My friend asked that the display case be made of Cherry but left the design up to me. I chose an angled top for easy viewing & raised the parchment on a cedar platform to place it closer to the glass to help reading also. I chose to make it by hand with as little power tool intervention as was practical because something to commemorate an event of over two hundred years ago shouldn’t look “machine made”. I gave it hand cut dovetail construction & made my own molding frame material for the lid. The corners of the lid are splined & the screws that secure the lid are blued steel slotted wood screws. Another secondary wood, 1/4” thick pine, was used for the bottom… no plywood. The only phillips screws are on the hinges & the rubber feet (to protect the furniture that the case would set on) & they don’t show. The cherry was rubbed with danish oil & given a beeswax polish job. In a few years the color of the cherry should deepen beautifully.
-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"