Memorial Flag Display Cases

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Project by Ben posted 05-16-2011 04:43 AM 2605 views 6 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first one is for my grandfather’s flag and is made from cherry with walnut splines. He served our country during WWII in north Africa. The second one is for my aunt’s father’s flag and is made from bloodwood with ash splines. Both cases are lines with blue felt and in the lower box on the cherry one i put cork under the felt on the back so pictures and medals can be added. These are a gift to my uncle and aunt who have the flags.

The hardest part was cutting the 22.5 degree miters on the Bloodwood case. I made a crude jig and bolted it to my miter saw. I also made a simple miter spline jig for the table saw. I hope to make a nicer one eventually. The cherry case is stained with Minwax cherry stain. Both cases are finished with 4 coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal, which i just wiped on.

I would have never of thought of making something like this if I hadn’t seen similar ones on this site, so thank you for the inspiration. This site and the members are awesome.

-- Ben in Houston

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#1 posted 05-16-2011 04:49 AM

Way to go, Ben. Nice work.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#2 posted 05-16-2011 03:19 PM

Thanks Josh!

-- Ben in Houston

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#3 posted 05-16-2011 03:26 PM

Very nice! The joints and splines look great! Well done!

-- christopheralan

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#4 posted 05-16-2011 10:19 PM

Very nice Flag Cases. Years ago I built one and on the back I put the following:


The 21 gun salute at military funerals stands for the sum of the numbers in the year – 1776

The honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the American flag 13 times:

1st fold is a symbol of life.

2nd fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.

3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.

4th fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.

5th fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decaur, “Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong”.

6th fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and the Republic for which it stands, on Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

7th fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.

9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of men and women who have made this country great has been molded.

10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.

11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrew’ eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians’ eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.

13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nation’s motto, “In God We Trust.”

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and the Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who we were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#5 posted 05-17-2011 05:16 AM

Thanks everyone! I really appreciate the information HallTree. I had no idea.

-- Ben in Houston

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