Flag Case

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Project by rickf16 posted 05-28-2009 09:55 PM 2305 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was ask to make a flag case for a friend. He sent me a picture and ask could I build it? No problem I said. After studying his picture and some time in sketch up, this what I came up with. (I had posted the initial drawing here ) Now, before I go any further, my thanks go out to DaveR. As some you may know he is the resident sketch up guru! I would not have been able to do the drawing and have this come out like it did with out his help. Thanks Dave.

Made from cherry, love this wood, and stained with my mixture of warm cherry stain, georgian gel and a hint of java gel, all General Finishes. A coat of shellac and two coats satin poly sanded to 400 between coats.The outer boxes are pitched at 15 degrees to the front. This posed an interesting dilemma. How to mount the glass. What I came up with was to cut a dado on the upper rails and stiles. The inner stile have two dados. The inboards are 90 degrees and the outboards are 15 degrees. I have some small pieces of glass I used as templates as to make sure everything line up. Took about three hours of fitting to make it right. Well worth the time. All tolled, I have about 20 hours in this. Had a lot of fun designing and making this case. Hope the customer is happy. All comments are welcomed and appreciated.

-- Rick

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#1 posted 05-28-2009 10:18 PM

Hey Rick
This is very impressive over the top flag case beautiful construction and great finish super job.


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#2 posted 05-28-2009 10:32 PM

A great looking case. I have a question regarding the glass. Can the glass be replaced by removing stops or is if fixed permanently? I know that you discussed this when making the drawing with Dave but wondered what you came up with.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 05-29-2009 03:42 AM

Nice job…. I’m sure the customer will be very happy… It’s beautiful..

-- Happy and safe woodworking, [email protected]

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#4 posted 05-29-2009 04:02 AM

Thanks to all for the compliments. Max. I decided to have the lower rail removable. I used four pocket screws, one for each stile. The pan head screws really pulled everything tight. The glass just slides into the dado’s in the stiles. The glass for the top goes in through the back.

-- Rick

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#5 posted 05-29-2009 04:36 AM

Looks great!!! Those would be a huge hit on base.

-- Craig

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#6 posted 08-09-2009 10:26 PM

This is really super nice. Was this something that was really, really hard to do? My father recently died and it has been hinted by my older brother to me that he would like me to make the case. My mother already has a flag and a case, but has anyone ever heard or seen two flags in a case (but separately) together? This one you made is just beautiful!!!
Do you think an amateur wood worker such as I be able to make something so extremely important? Thanks for posting this

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#7 posted 08-11-2009 07:17 PM

Thank you for the kind words Allison. It wasn’t really that hard to make. I had to think about a few things before starting, but that goes with any project. Also, I’ve seen your work and amateur does not apply to your woodworking skills. You should have no problems making a case to honor your father.

-- Rick

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#8 posted 01-29-2010 06:07 PM

Great looking shadow box… having recently built some of these, I know the amount of work that goes into them… very nice design… the inward facing sides add a great appeal to it…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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