|Project by MisterBill||posted 03-20-2014 04:54 PM||498 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
I completed my two Flag and Certificate Cases and they are to be picked up on Saturday. I think that it was harder to get decent pictures of them and to post the pictures on Lumberjocks than it was to do the woodworking!
Things that I learned on this project:
1.) It is important to put the same type of finish and the same number of coats of finish on all parts.
2.) The inside of the case and the pieces that go on the inside of the case should be coated with shellac.
3.) I felt real out of place going to fabric shops and trying to find crushed velvet only to come up empty handed.
4.) You can find anything on the internet, including crushed velvet.
5.) 3M’s Super 77 Adhesive works great for attaching the crushed velvet to the plywood back, however the edges of the fabric will want to pull loose.
6.) Once you have coated the inside of the case with shellac you need to be real careful as to how you clean the glass.
7.) Equal parts of white vinegar and water make a decent glass cleaner but it isn’t Windex!
I attached the flag holder to a base for two reasons:
1.) To keep it in place, and
2.) So that no part of the flag would be obscured by the case.
I want to thank all of the LJ’s who offered me their advice, but especially Fred Hargis and GrandpaLen. Their finishing tips were invaluable.
One other person who I would like to thank is my friend Tom Roth, owner of Joe Roth Glass in Boca Raton, Florida. When I told him that I was making these cases for an active duty soldier he offered to supply and install the glass at no charge.