Flag Display Case

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Project by AandCstyle posted 02-23-2020 09:12 PM 608 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A buddy asked me to make a case for his retirement from the Army flag. He will put a small brass plaque in the lower section that will have his years of service, etc.

I had never made one of these before and there were some interesting design challenges. He didn’t want a glass cover so I had to ensure a tight friction-only fit. The woods are tiger maple and walnut. The finish is 3 coats of Arm-R-Seal sanded with 600G between coats and Johnson’s paste wax. It feels like silk.

I wanted the maple to be thick to better show the tiger stripes but that made it look clunky so I eased the edges with an ogee bit to make the piece appear lighter. The black piece in the fourth pic is to prevent any gaps between the flag and the case from showing. That is just plywood which I dyed and stained black and is screwed into a rabbet. The base is removable so I can add a case for his pins if he decides to do that.

Thanks for looking.

-- Art

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#1 posted 02-23-2020 09:30 PM

Great choice of wood for this, and very finely made as is your usual standard. Great Job!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#2 posted 02-23-2020 10:42 PM

Very nice

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#3 posted 02-24-2020 02:00 AM

Beautiful case.

-- Gary, Florida

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#4 posted 02-24-2020 11:25 AM

NIce job.

-- Petey

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#5 posted 02-24-2020 12:51 PM

You did a Splendid job, building such a beautiful Flag Case.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#6 posted 02-24-2020 01:53 PM

Nicely done.

-- Brian in Texas

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#7 posted 02-24-2020 02:30 PM

Well done, I really like the tiger maple, the eased edges add a nice touch.

-- Doug...

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#8 posted 02-24-2020 03:13 PM


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

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#9 posted 02-24-2020 04:57 PM

Beautiful work as always Art!

You are a brave man to route that TM (though I agree with your comment on reducing the visual profile). I get enough TM blade burns to deal with without even thinking about sanding burns away from a routed profile 8^)

Now quit “flagging” and get back to more cool projects.

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#10 posted 02-25-2020 04:07 PM

Very nice! What size flag is that? I was just asked to make one of these, Do you have the dimensions of the flag part?

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#11 posted 02-25-2020 04:46 PM

Thanks, everybody, for the kind comments.

Splint, this was soft maple so maybe not as burn susceptible as hard maple? Also, I set the router on its slowest speed and raised the bit only 1/32” at a time to minimize tear-out. Probably just beginners’ luck since I have never worked with TM before this.

MJR, the flag is 3’ x 5’ which is a pretty standard size I think. The inside of the two legs of the triangle is 10.25”. 10.125” might have been a bit better. The base is 14.5” between the legs. Feel free to PM if you have any additional questions.

-- Art

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#12 posted 02-26-2020 07:07 PM

The USA Interment Flag used to drape caskets (and presented to the family) is 5×9 1/2’ .

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#13 posted 02-27-2020 07:31 PM

Great design. I’ve seen many flag cases but never saw one like yours.
It looks like a shrine or small building.

How did you attach the triangle to the
Molding below it?

-- James E McIntyre

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#14 posted 02-27-2020 08:45 PM

James, I found similar designs online. I liked this one because he was a master sergeant and it sort of reminded me of his stripes.

I cheated and drilled holes through the base up into the two legs of the triangle and screwed the legs to the base. A purist might have used dowels or dominoes or sliding dovetails or even splines.

-- Art

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#15 posted 03-02-2020 06:43 AM

Beautiful flag case. I need to make one for my Father-in-laws flag and will copy your design.

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