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Squidy

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05-15-2018 06:54 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sketchup veteran flag display case burial flag shadow box help resource question

My father is an Air Force veteran, and was the VA program director for the state. He is currently hospitalized, with terminal cancer, and only has a few days or less left. I Would like to build a display case for his Burial Flag. I do not currently have anytime to work on the design. If anyone has Sketchup drawings, schematics, or some ideas about how to make a very unique shadow box for him i would be very great full. Thank You!

-- The master has failed more times than the beginner has ever tried. https://youtu.be/M8mq02G9zYk


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#1 posted 05-15-2018 12:08 PM

Squidy – very sorry to hear about your father that has given so much to our country and our veterans.
from someone that has been in your shoes, I strongly suggest that you wait awhile
on the flag case and be with your family during this time. the flag case can come later
when you are ready and you can be more focused on the project to make it super nice.
the first step for a nice shadow box is to gather up all your fathers ribbons, medals and breast pins
and lay them out in order (and yes, there is an “order” to display certain ribbons and medals).
then you will have an idea of what size and shape to make your shadow box.
with your very impressive woodworking background, you know that it is far more involved
than just grabbing a box design in the dark and make your items fit the box.
lay your items out on a table and make the box to fit your items.
check your father’s DD-214 to make sure you have everything he has earned.
there are sources on the internet that you can purchase any missing items.
an honorable salute to you and your family,
John (USN-RET).

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#2 posted 05-15-2018 05:40 PM

Pinterest is your friend:
for some very fine examples of USAF Shadow Boxes you could check these out.

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#3 posted 05-15-2018 05:51 PM


Squidy – very sorry to hear about your father that has given so much to our country and our veterans.
from someone that has been in your shoes, I strongly suggest that you wait awhile
on the flag case and be with your family during this time. the flag case can come later
when you are ready and you can be more focused on the project to make it super nice.

the first step for a nice shadow box is to gather up all your fathers ribbons, medals and breast pins
and lay them out in order (and yes, there is an “order” to display certain ribbons and medals).
then you will have an idea of what size and shape to make your shadow box.
with your very impressive woodworking background, you know that it is far more involved than just grabbing a box design in the dark and make your items fit the box.
lay your items out on a table and make the box to fit your items.
check your father s DD-214 to make sure you have everything he has earned.
there are sources on the internet that you can purchase any missing items.
an honorable salute to you and your family,
John (USN-RET).

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- John Smith


Thank You John

Sound advice. I am also aware that the flag dimensions and thickness can vary, affecting the fit. I have built one for my grandfather as well. I was being hasty, I had focused on having it available for the services. I will make a temporary storage container for the moment. and fine tune the finished box as you have specified. Still very interested in unique ideas. He would never settle for standard or mundane.
Thanks again fellow squid!

-- The master has failed more times than the beginner has ever tried. https://youtu.be/M8mq02G9zYk

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