Remembering Dad

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Project by DnD posted 02-27-2019 04:20 PM 1564 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My father recently passed and my oldest sibling received his burial flag. I thought it was appropriate for my 3 sisters to have their own memento of dad’s service to this great country as well and pay homage to him. This was therapeutic for me.

Since my father was the one that got me started in woodworking, I thought I would incorporate as much as I could that shows his love of the craft. He liked to use both Red and White Oak, so the flag box is made from White Oak and the stand is made of Red Oak. He gravitated towards golden oak so I used Minwax Golden Oak stain and General Finishes (satin) Arm-r-seal to finish. I kept all of the edge profiles round to keep with his preferred applications and I placed 5 Miller dowels to represent each of the 5 children. I chose to use an aluminum color engraved plaque because his chosen profession was a machinist.

On the military side, since he was in the Air Force so I placed 5 grooves in the base represents the Missing Man Formation and included an Air Force Coin. There is a spent M-1 cartridge from the 21-gun salute in each of the flag boxes. I wanted to keep this project simple. Sometimes less is more.

I am planning to build a shadow box to further reflect his service as a Crew Chief on the C-119 Flying Boxcar during the Korean Conflict. More therapy.

Thanks for looking… As always, comments welcome to better hone my skills.

-- Brian in Texas

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#1 posted 02-27-2019 04:46 PM

GREAT JOB :<)))))))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 02-27-2019 04:53 PM

They look great. I’m sure your father would be proud.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#3 posted 02-27-2019 05:07 PM

Your father earned the recognition. There is no better way to display it. Great job.

-- Third Armored Division - Spearhead

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#4 posted 02-27-2019 09:29 PM

What a beautiful tribute. May he rest in peace.

-- Larry A. - I've made a small fortune with my woodworking. The trouble is, I started with a large fortune.

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#5 posted 02-28-2019 12:04 AM

Very nicely done. Having completed my Father’s flag case I understand how meaningful and emotional it was for your. Your a good son, he would be proud of you.

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#6 posted 02-28-2019 01:53 AM

Beautiful work. When my wife’s grandfather passed away I made a memorial flag case and when my grandfather passed I made an urn. It is quite therapeutic to cope with the loss by making something to remember them with.

-- Matt R

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#7 posted 02-28-2019 02:02 AM

Sorry for your loss. These are beautiful works with a great deal of thought put into the symbolism. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 02-28-2019 02:39 AM

Beautiful workmanship for a wonderful purpose.
Glad this brought you peace.

-- Gary, Florida

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#9 posted 02-28-2019 03:02 AM

Beautifully done, with so many meaningful details. Thank you for sharing.

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#10 posted 02-28-2019 03:25 AM

A wonderful remembrance for your family and a great tribute to a loved father very nice work.


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#11 posted 02-28-2019 04:14 AM

A very awesome tribute to your father. I like all the details you have put into it.
My father was also a Korean Veteran.

Thanks for posting.

Bill in MI

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#12 posted 02-28-2019 07:35 AM

Nice clean work…you gave me some ideas of how to make triangle boxes.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 02-28-2019 12:09 PM

Well done!

-- Petey

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#14 posted 03-01-2019 12:43 AM

Very Nice ! Great way to Honor your Father and use your skills…

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#15 posted 04-07-2019 10:53 PM

I made one of these for my Brothers commemorative flag from his funeral. Working the wood for a project like this for someone close to you is a profound experience.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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