Flag case for an amazing grandpa

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Project by lumberjuniorvarsity posted 09-13-2016 01:30 PM 974 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My grandfather passed away two years ago this Saturday, and I made this flag case for his interment flag. He flew Spitfires in WWII in the US Army Air Corps with one confirmed kill (Fw 190).

The case is made out of walnut, and I elected to take the ‘easy’ route by not dealing with 22.5 degree miters. The 45s were tricky enough for me. Finished with GF Arm-R-Seal in satin. This is the first piece I’ve made w/out hardware for joinery (splines for joints), and other than the joint at the top it turned out pretty good.

My grandpa was an amazing man and a wonderful grandpa, so it was a pretty meaningful project for me.

It’s on the way to my grandma right now, should be there on Thursday.

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#1 posted 09-13-2016 02:57 PM

Very nice. Absolutely love that old picture as well. How cool.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 09-13-2016 03:01 PM

Well done and very fitting.

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#3 posted 09-13-2016 03:56 PM

I made one of these a few years back for my wife’s uncle. I did miter my corners but might not have if I would have seen your solution. Great tribute!

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#4 posted 09-13-2016 07:13 PM

Nice work! It will be a wonderful family heirloom and memorial for your Grandfather.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 09-13-2016 09:59 PM

Very nicely done. It’s always great to hear folks speak well of their family. Great pic of your grandfather. Thanks for sharing the story and posting the pic.

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#6 posted 09-14-2016 02:17 AM

Thanks everyone! He WAS an amazing grandpa! I added the picture because every time I see someone make a shadow box or flag case I always wonder a bit about who the piece is for. That was just a simple way to make a connection – and it’s a cool picture.

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#7 posted 09-14-2016 11:13 AM

And a fabulous connection it was. Good job, sincere dedication. Thanks for sharing.

-- DonB

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