Flag Box For A Veteran I Never Knew #1: The Beginning...

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Blog entry by grub32 posted 12-30-2010 05:14 AM 2662 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Long story behind this entry. My Grandfather was veteran of WWII…He and 4 of his brothers. So he and his brothers equal 5 total. He left high school early to go and be with his brothers in the war. Miraculously, he and his brothers all made it back with just minor injuries. He was a very active veteran. He left this world 5 years ago from cancer. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to make a box and display for his burial flag and all his medals until now. This one is not the one I built for him.

Several months ago, my grandmother became ill and my mom and I started working with the VA to try and get her same surviving spouse benefits. We were in the VA office and overheard some tragic stories about veterans falling on hard times and struggling to get their deserved benefits b/c of red tape. This box is for a woman that I ran across that I wanted to let know that I appreciate her husbands gift to me and our country. I could not thinking of what else I could do to help honor her husband so this is my attempt at doing just that.

First I have to say thanks to John at Eagle Woodworking for his youtube video on some interesting ways to do this.

I have to preface this by saying that I am still a beginning woodworker with minimal experience. I view all your projects and read all your posts and have learned a great deal by doing so.

I followed a plan found online and used John’s idea of making a small lip to hold the glass in place. I first started by gluing on the lip to side pieces and crosscutting the pieces to fit. Next, I built a tenoning jig for my tablesaw to hold the pieces so I could cut the 67.5 degree angle into the bottom and side pieces. I then used my wixey digital angle finder to set the angle and made the cuts.

Tenoning Jig

After I got done cutting the angles, I cut a few extra small pieces to be used in helping with the glue up. I have to thank Tommy Mac for that tip…I saw him use it on a box glue up. The only difference is that I used CA glue and accelerator to make it go a little quicker. I then applied glue to the corners and started the clamping process.


Flag Box 2

This is where I am at so far. I also started building a spline cutting jig so I can add some decorative touches and make it look pretty.

So many have been making pens to send to our troops, I am thinking that I am going to start making a few these a year and donating them to the local VFW and they can give them to whomever they choose.

Thanks for listening,


-- Educator by Day, Wood Butcher by Night!!

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#1 posted 12-30-2010 12:13 PM

Good Progress, my Friend… and that’s a very noble and gracious idea, making a few of these for others…
It’s shameful that our Veterans have to jump through hoops to receive what they earned and deserve… :-(

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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