Tabletop Flag Display Stand & Storage Box

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Project by JayT posted 05-18-2013 02:28 AM 1882 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My CMA (Christian Motorcyclist’s Association) chapter’s flag holder disappeared sometime before the last meeting. No big loss, as it was just a 4×4 with a couple holes in it to hold the flags, but we needed something, so I volunteered to make a new one. This is the result.

Fair warning/disclaimer: There is quite a bit of symbolism built into this piece and I will be explaining the thought processes that went into the project. I realize that not everyone has the same beliefs, but hope you can appreciate the woodworking, even if you do not agree with the religious aspects.

I decided to use a cross to hold the flags and wanted it to be able to store flat for easy transport, so created a self-storing box with a flip lid. The box is made of walnut with an oak lid and African mahogany splines. The first photo shows the stand ready to be used. Our chapter name is the Gold Street Riders, so a gold paved road made out of yellowheart and walnut was inlaid into the oak top. The cross is made from bloodwood to represent that our faith (Christian flag) and country are built on the foundation of the blood of Christ. In addition to a shallow mortise in the top, there is a neodymium magnet in the cross base and another hidden underneath the mortise to help hold it in place. The walnut sides were done using the EZ Miter technique so that the grain wraps continuously around the corners

The second photo shows the box in stored mode, the lid flips over to hide and protect the inlay and mortises for the cross and flag bases. A black CMA decal was added to this side. The finger tab is a small scrap piece of bubinga. The lid is “latched” with more hidden magnets, both in the lid and the supports in the base.

The third and fourth photos show the inside of the box. An African mahogany bottom has felt lined dadoes to hold the cross when everything is stored. The use of so many woods is meant to represent both the worldwide nature of CMA and also to represent that it takes many different parts/people, each with different talents, all working together to make CMA function.

The last photo shows the stand in use. The whole project is finished with water based satin poly. Exterior finish with UV inhibitors was used on the exotics to help preserve the colors.

All in all, I was able to attempt several new techniques during this build. I had never done a splined box before and did a lot of the work with hand tools that I am working to improve my skills with. Overall I am happy with the result and hope you enjoy.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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Don W

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#1 posted 05-18-2013 02:35 AM

excellent project JayT.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 05-18-2013 02:51 AM

Great work on the inlays! Good job!

-- Jay -

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#3 posted 05-18-2013 03:10 AM

Jay, that thing looks amazing, very impressive attention to detail. I love the use of all the different woods, and the meaning behind all of them. All the thought you put into it shows, very nice work.

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#4 posted 05-18-2013 06:04 PM

Very nice brother.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#5 posted 05-18-2013 09:53 PM

Thanks, guys.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#6 posted 06-30-2013 08:25 PM

When I first read your flag holder disappeared, I was sad for you. Then I read on and was shocked to see “No big loss”. Then I figured out you were not referring to a person… Nice design and build. Appreciate the thoughtfulness, attention to detail and symbolism. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 06-25-2014 11:35 PM

Very nice job. I see we have 3 things in common, Jesus, Motorcycles, and Woodworking… about that.

-- Spudhogg Woodworks

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