Flag & Certificate Display Case

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Project by KnotCurser posted 03-05-2014 01:46 AM 4905 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was ordered and created for a very good friend who was in charge of an office that directly supported our troops in Afghanistan. The soldiers carried the flag while on a combat mission and later presented it to her with a certificate that tells the entire story. It shows how much they valued her group’s direct support of their daily missions.

I was asked to make a display case for this fantastic gift and gladly agreed!

We went through a few different styles, shapes and options and she really liked the one pictured.

The case is solid American Walnut and sports American Hickory splines.

Finish is a few coats of Danish oil and two coats of a semi-gloss lacquer for protection.

Dimensions are 22×15 x 3.5 inches.

I also created the certificate frame using the same walnut.

Believe it or not, the hardest part of the entire project was getting the flag arranged in the opening!



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 03-05-2014 01:55 AM

I think you did a fabulous job on this project. I especially like the matching frame on the in side to hold the certificate. Well done.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 03-05-2014 02:17 AM

Nice job!! What did you use for backing, and where did you get it?

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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#3 posted 03-05-2014 03:33 AM

Very cool.

-- Imperfections make it unique!

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#4 posted 03-05-2014 03:35 AM

Very well done, great job of combining the flag and the certificate.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#5 posted 03-05-2014 12:59 PM


The backing material I settled on was a dark navy colored thick cotton duck fabric purchased from Joanne’s Fabric.

I checked out the different forms of velvet, but none of them seemed to work – too shiny, etc….

Then I was going to purchase some thick, very dark gray felt when I saw the cotton duck stuff.

I think it works as it’s the perfect color, you can’t see through it and it’s totally matte – no shine at all.

It also adhered very well to the plywood backing with super glue around the hidden edges. Bonus!

Hope this helps!

Thanks to all for the compliments!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#6 posted 03-05-2014 01:16 PM

Very pristine, and well deserved.

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

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#7 posted 03-05-2014 01:20 PM

Very nice. You did an outstanding job on this.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#8 posted 03-05-2014 07:57 PM

Bob that looks great. You always do terrific work.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#9 posted 03-06-2014 01:07 AM

Great looking display case! I’m sure she really appreciates it, and all that it means!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#10 posted 03-06-2014 01:39 AM

A friend at work asked me the other day to make him a display case for his dad’s flag and certificate. We are also military. So needless to say, I’m very excited that you posted this. I’m going to have to steal your design.

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#11 posted 03-09-2014 12:47 AM

Thanks for the get back knotcurser

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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