My First Flag Box

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Project by rance posted 06-27-2012 07:08 AM 2690 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s the first Flag Box I ever built. A couple of mistakes along the way, but hopefully the next one will be better. I learned a few things at least. Thanks go to Rod for both design considerations as well as donations of the plexiglass and the backing. I do like that backing. I’ll be ordering some of that(through Lowes, as I recall). We’ll see how the pricing on that is. Thanks Rod, a great friend and buddy.

The top corner is glued & pin-nailed. The triangle is screwed to the base from underneath with 4 screws. And the recipient has room on the extended front of the base to add a plaque of their own choosing.

And just for fun, kudos to the first person that can correctly identify the wood used in the main construction of this box. Obviously Rod, you are prohibited from commenting on this.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#1 posted 06-27-2012 08:45 AM

Nice job, Looks good.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 06-27-2012 09:17 AM

AS usual, Rance, you always take it to the next level. I know you have more to make. It’ll be fun to see who IDs the wood. Ash you know, when I hang mine on the wall, nuttin’ is more poplar than the cher-rysiding under it. And when fishin’, the basswood always bite ma hog anyway while the mesquitas were bitin’ right along with’em. I pine for the days, when I’ll finish more of my projects so I maple ease a few more people, too. I love to cedar faces when they get a hand made gift or boxelders enjoy opening.

Build on my friend!

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#3 posted 06-27-2012 11:37 AM

Good job on the flag box.

Not sure of the wood type, but the grain does look like pine. Hard to tell with that finish in it.


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#4 posted 06-27-2012 12:09 PM

Nice one Rance.
I would say something like pine too. Looks great though.
The curve adds a nice touch.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 06-27-2012 12:12 PM

Very nice Rance!!!

-- Michael and Matthew

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#6 posted 06-27-2012 12:13 PM

Nice work!

I’ll go with Elm.

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#7 posted 06-27-2012 12:17 PM

Nicely done. What did you use for the backing…..having seen that before….adds a nice final touch.

I’ll go with poplar…..looks like a General Finish gel I’ve used before that leaves small streaks that look like grain.

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#8 posted 06-27-2012 12:50 PM

Nice flag box, Rance. That is a neat design with the option to add a plaque!!.................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 06-27-2012 01:12 PM

Really nice box. What is the back made of? Looks like leather on MDF.

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#10 posted 06-27-2012 02:17 PM


-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#11 posted 06-27-2012 03:16 PM

Thank you all for the kind comments.

Rod, you crack me up. I had to laugh out loud. You are so full of it. You’re full of a lot of things, great ideas, humor, a lot of things. :) Keep em coming.

Reading through the comments, I was about to add that it was not Pine, then I read AlBCuttnWud’s post. You nailed it. It is Poplar with General’s Van Dyke Brown finish. You win the booby prize… notoriety. Very well done.

I had some problems with tearout from the planer on this one. Didn’t really do a great job of fixing it nor with covering it up. Also had some problems with the gel stain drying too fast. I did gain some good experience though. I’m not a big fan of coloring wood so the next ones will be from Cherry I imagine. I was on the last coat of clear topcoat on the base and was moving it across the shop when… ooooops. I dropped it on the floor, the sawdusty floor. Sunny side down of course(thanks Murphy). Dings on 3-4 corners and sawdust stuck all over the top surface. Quickly wiped that off the best I could and addressed the collateral damage. Touch up with the stain and then another clear coat. Arrgggggggggg!!!

I got the back from a piece of scrap from Rod(WB3). He says it comes from Lowes. You have to have them order it. Not cheap aparently. I plan on investing is some of this stuff. Yes, it looks like leather on hardboard. Very nice to work with.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#12 posted 06-27-2012 03:20 PM

Nice job.. I need to make one of these for a flag I got while I was in Iraq.

-- Woodworking for the hobbyist woodworker.

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#13 posted 06-27-2012 04:57 PM

Rance…...can I borrow $1 to go with my winnings to buy a cup of coffee…ha. With all the issues, you still pulled off a nice project. I too have messed up projects in the past for either moving around too soon after finishing or trying to get something so perfect I made it worse.

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#14 posted 06-28-2012 01:20 AM

Looks good ta me

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#15 posted 06-28-2012 03:00 AM

Maybe it’s because I’m a Canadian, but what makes this box a flag box ? Or could you display whatever in it ?

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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