Memorial Flag Boxes

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Project by Doug882 posted 03-20-2018 02:31 PM 1181 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Was asked to build two flag boxes for a friend of my sons. Being a Vietnam Vet I was more than happy to help a family celebrate their father’s service. The family gave me the folded measurements of the flag which was 22” along the bottom and 11.5” tall from the bottom to the peak. Hardest part of this project was the 22.5 degree cuts at the bottom of the triangle, which I built a gig for, and getting the glass molding to fit perfectly. One thing I found with using the large locked miter bit was for the sides even through the stock was 1.25” on one side at a 45 degree cut the stock on the opposite side was very narrow and unstable when making the final cut. I used a scrap piece of word with the same locked miter to support the work piece and that worked well. Was asked to make the base so a brass plaque could be attached.

Wood: 1”x4” Oak, with oak dowel pins in the 3 ends of the triangles. Sides of base 3.5” top and bottom 1.25” sides
Stain: Gel stain Dark Mahogany
Finish: Water based clear satin
Front: Lexan used rather than glass simply for safety reasons

Radial arm saw
Router table for locked miter joints in base and cuts for back oak ply and Lexan inserts
Band Saw to cut some of the excess stock from the path of the 45 degree locking miter bit
Drill Press with front titling table to align and drill for the triangles corner pins.

-- Doug from Maryland

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#1 posted 03-20-2018 04:22 PM

Nice looking flag cases Doug! I like the base, great place for a message and raises it all up a bit.

You didn’t cut those router lock miters with the work piece between the bit and fence did you =8^O

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#2 posted 03-21-2018 12:34 AM

Thanks for your service. Thats a good looking flag box you made for those for their father. Thanks

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#3 posted 03-23-2018 12:17 AM

I hope you did not use your router table as shown in the first picture.

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#4 posted 03-23-2018 04:32 PM

Nice job on the lock miter, never managed to make them look that good in oak.

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