Memorial Flag Case

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Project by HauntedSpider posted 02-21-2013 01:36 PM 3585 views 9 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project post here. I unfortunately don’t get to make as many things as I would like with fixing up my home and working full time but I get to make some things I enjoy at times.

This is a memorial flag case for my Grandfather. He passed away a few years back and was a WWII veteran. He served in the Battle of the Bulge and was fairly distinguished.

At his funeral they did a 21 gun salute, which isn’t normally 21 shots. In this case it was 15. Being that I got started in wood working with him, and I inherited his Shop Smith, I wanted to put it to good use.

The case is scratch built without plans, just a few pictures of some other style of cases I found online and a few sketches of my own.

The case incorporates a display below for his medals and a few of his things. It has gotten much fuller recently as my Grandmother has found more to put in it.

I drilled holes for the casings and polished and mounted them in the display. The Glass is permanently mounted as I channel cut, and finished the pieces before glueing with the glass inside.

The drawer has neo magnets to hold it closed. This was a Casket Flag so it is fairly large, about 15 tall and 22 wide.

Anyway, hope you enjoy the pictures and project.

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#1 posted 02-21-2013 01:42 PM

I forgot to mention, but I am sure you all know it. The case is made out of walnut, 3/4” thick for the most part.

Also, there are a few more pictures here if you are interested. It was only a picture instructable I put together as more of a showcase than description.

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#2 posted 02-21-2013 01:45 PM

What a great job and tribute to one of our country’s many Heroes. A Bronze Star recipient says it all about your grandfather. I really like the bullets, I see you have 15. Were you able to get the empty casings from his salute? Very nice work on this.

Fellow Veteran USS Enterprise CVN65,,, 1984-89

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 02-21-2013 01:48 PM

Thanks ken,

The casings are from the Salute. They were placed in a bag and put inside the tuck of the flag for my Grandmother.

It is interesting. You were starting your tour of duty when I was born, yet woodworking keeps the generation gap together.

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#4 posted 02-21-2013 01:56 PM

Very, very nice. I like the design with the angled top..

-- Dee2, OH Aromatherapy....fresh cut wood!!

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#5 posted 02-21-2013 02:32 PM

Very Beautiful! You did a great job and a great tribute to your grandfather. I like the design of this as well.

-- Chris Mobley -

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#7 posted 02-21-2013 07:51 PM

Beautiful job.

We’re all jugglers here between our jobs and our hobby. Jobs keep getting in the road!

Welcome to LJ’s

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 02-21-2013 08:35 PM

That is a great Memorial Flag Case.
I made one a few years ago (not quite as nice as yours) and on the back I added 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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#9 posted 02-22-2013 12:36 AM

What a great way to honor your grandfather. I lost my uncle in October who was a WW11 vet in the So Pacific.
There are not many of that generation left and we all need to honor them for saving the world back then. And honor those who have already passed and the ones who gave their lives for our freedom. Too many young people today don’t realize what those men and women did in that war, its too bad. I just want to say Thank You to all the vets here on LJ’s.

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#10 posted 02-22-2013 01:11 AM

Nice tribute, looks great. Toughest job I ever did was non-combat related, Funeral and Ceremony Detail. To stand in front of the surviving family and solemnly say without a hint of emotion a few words then slowly place that flag in their hands Give a reverent salute, then walk away and wait for the final tribute, the playing of taps. Many have asked why would you volunteer for such duty. I have three words…. Remember the Fallen.

USMC, Death before dishonor!

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

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#11 posted 02-22-2013 04:22 AM

Nice job and welcome to LJ. My Grandfather was at the Bulge as well. When I build these boxes, I add a couple things to the build. Archive glass that blocks UV will keep it from fading, and a few thin slabs of aromatic cedar will keep any moths out.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#12 posted 02-22-2013 04:58 AM

This is a great first project to post. Your grandfather would be proud…:o)#

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#13 posted 02-22-2013 04:45 PM

The design of your Flag case is one of the best I’ve ever seen. It turned out awesome.

-- Intarsia92

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#14 posted 02-22-2013 05:30 PM

Thanks for the comments all. I am glad you like the case. It meant a heck of a lot to my grandmother when I finished it, and I hopefully will one day get it back to proudly display in my home.

I see several here served as well and I commend you and thank you for your service. I myself did not, as the cards didn’t play out that way. Hard to turn down a full ride scholarship when it is presented but I still fully support the military in what they do and the sacrifices they make.

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#15 posted 02-22-2013 06:07 PM

Beautiful and Heart warming.

-- Experience: What you have left after you've lost everything else.

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