My First Project

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Project by SouthernBoy posted 08-23-2011 02:49 AM 1611 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been looking at this site for a few moths trying to pick up tips on different skills. And I finally attempted my first project. It is a flag case for my father-in-law that past away a couple of months ago. he is actually the one that peaked my interest in woodworking. the case is made out of walnut. The finish is just a coat of minwax natural stain and several coats of brush on poly. All comments and criticism are accepted.

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#1 posted 08-23-2011 02:58 AM

Good show for a first project..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 08-23-2011 09:27 AM

Thats a nice display case!! Good choice!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#3 posted 08-24-2011 12:04 AM

You did a great job for a first project. Cutting those angles are not eazy. Many years ago I made a flag case and on the back I added the follow:


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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#4 posted 11-24-2011 06:37 AM

Well done.

HALLTREE: I copied your flag info. I have never heard this before.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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#5 posted 11-24-2011 07:37 AM

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#6 posted 11-24-2011 02:20 PM

It’s a fine project and you did great. Keep it up.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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