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Project by izod posted 12-27-2012 08:13 PM 869 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ll consider this my first fine wood working project since high school… bout 12 years ago. My wife’s grandfather recently passed away at the age of 94 and her father received his flag. I took that opportunity to make him this case for his Christmas present out of some walnut from a local tree.

I took the design ideas from multiple pictures that i found online from the google images search. I didn’t have the flag in my possession so i just crossed my fingers and used dimensions from other projects assuming that it was a standard issued flag. The flag fit Perfectly!

I don’t have a spray gun yet so i just bough some aerosol lacquer from a local store. After using that, I hate it. I had troubles getting an even coat on the project and multiple times i would sand down too far to the bare wood, yet have spots with orange peel that needed more sanding. Next time i will borrow my dads spray gun.

All in all it was a great project to get me started. I made some mistakes that hopefully only i will notice, but then again those mistakes are the best way for me to learn for the next project.

Thanks for looking.

-- Josh - Rochester, MN

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#1 posted 12-27-2012 08:38 PM


A fitting tribute to one of America’s Finest Soldiers.

Well executed with a fine Fit and Finish.

Welcome to LumberJocks , a world of advise, opinions, and experiences, all shared without judgement.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 12-27-2012 08:43 PM

As Grandpalen said it is a fitting tribute. It turned out very good for being the first project in 12 years and I know we are all more critical of our own work than we are of others. Keep em coming and good job!

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#3 posted 12-27-2012 09:21 PM

Looks beautiful.

I have never had luck with sprays. Takes a light hand.

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-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 12-27-2012 09:21 PM

Great job Josh a very nice tribute you your grandfather.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 12-27-2012 10:20 PM

Very well done. I like the simple design. The flag should be the focal point, not the box. I think these are the greatest tribute a woodworker can make.

-- Stormy: Sometimes the wood just tells you what it wants to be.

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#6 posted 12-28-2012 06:22 PM

Simple elegance. And as Stormy said, the Flag is what’s important. Your display case pays that respect perfectly.


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#7 posted 02-05-2014 01:20 AM

A fine and fitting tribute to your grandfather-in-law. It will become a family heirloom.

I have built several for college classmates (VN era) who have passed, seems they are falling way too fast. I also have 2 uncles in their 90’s and for whom I have already built flag cases. One went across France and Germany as a 19 year LT tank recon commander with Patton – got personally chewed out by Patton, retired as a Brigadier Gen. The other endured the Battle of the Bulge in Batogne; learned last night he won’t last long, so will try to see him tomorrow.

There is a reason why these guys are called our “Greatest Generation”

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