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Project by lightweightladylefty posted 04-23-2021 04:04 AM 531 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My brother blessed me with the honor of making a display case for our Dad’s flag presented at his memorial service for his service in World War II.

I was also given the honor of making both of my parents’ burial urns. For part of Dad’s urn, I used some sugar maple that Dad had cut for firewood, but thought it was too pretty to just burn. He had resawed it with his chainsaw and given us several short pieces for cutting boards to make for his grandkids. There was a little left over that I used for the sides of his urn. I used the left over pieces from the resawn ½-inch sides of the urn to make the plywood for the back of the flag display case.

For the inside ply, I used oak.

I glued the maple ply to the oak ply first. I sandwiched the glue-up between two ¾-inch slabs, and ended up attempting to balance it in the center with all the clamps around it. It was a real fiasco!

For the outside ply, I used the resawn pieces from the sides of the case.

I determined that using the corner of my workbench with cauls would be an easier method to glue the final walnut ply.

To make the routing safer on the frame, I routed the profile before resawing it.

I wedged a 1/8-inch thick piece in the kerf to saw the final side.

I realized after cutting the sides that one side had some bad indentations. I ironed it with a damp presscloth which totally removed the damage.

I used 45-degree angles on the main body where the joints don’t show, but the face frame was made with 22.5-degree angles on the bottom using this protractor jig on the disc sander after cutting on the band saw.

To glue up the case, I made a hinged jig.

And here is the final photo in its new home.

L/W

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.





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woodbutcherbynight

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#1 posted 04-23-2021 04:36 AM

Beautiful tribute. Well done.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Andre

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#2 posted 04-23-2021 05:08 AM

Beautiful case for such a special purpose. Enough details even I might be able to make one?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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lightweightladylefty

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#3 posted 04-23-2021 05:33 AM

Thanks, Butcher, for your positive remarks.

Andre, looking at your projects, you could certainly make a flag case. The hardest part for me was achieving the 22.5-degree angles, but that protractor jig for my disk sander made that possible. And with your nice veneer press, you could certainly make your own plywood back.

L/W

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 04-23-2021 10:20 AM

That is a beautiful case with some fine detail. Very nice tribute…your dad would be so proud of you!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 04-23-2021 10:40 AM

Beautifully done. Thank you for sharing all the steps as well.

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Eric

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#6 posted 04-23-2021 11:00 AM

Well done on a beautiful case. The stepped edge of the bottom is a very nice touch. Something to be proud of, and a great tribute to your father.

-- Eric, building the dream

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oldrivers

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#7 posted 04-23-2021 11:43 AM

Beautiful display case, excellent tribute. Job Well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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hotbyte

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#8 posted 04-23-2021 12:54 PM

That is awesome display case! I need to make one for my Dad’s flag. I’ve looked at several examples and this is one of the best I’ve found. Great work!!!

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justoneofme

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#9 posted 04-23-2021 01:54 PM

A special tribute to your dad … amplified by his daughter! Well done L/W

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#10 posted 04-23-2021 03:14 PM

A wonderful tribute to your Dad, and to use wood he had a hand in starting it’s journey from the tree adds immensely.

A special build, and I appreciate you sharing your journey.

I never would have thought there was a bump in the road to this fine ending. Nice build LWLL

-- Think safe, be safe

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#11 posted 04-23-2021 03:48 PM

Very nice. I’m imagine it was an emotional build. I remember the emotions I experienced when building my Dad’s flag case.

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James E McIntyre

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#12 posted 04-23-2021 04:26 PM

A special tribute to a great man.
I appreciate how you posted your working process it adds so much to the project.

-- James E McIntyre

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lightweightladylefty

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#13 posted 04-23-2021 04:42 PM

Wow LJs! Thanks for all the encouragement! Yes, it was a labor of love and a tribute to a very special man.

L/W

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#14 posted 04-24-2021 10:44 AM

Nicely done!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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