Flag and Certificate Case

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Project by MisterBill posted 03-20-2014 04:54 PM 1369 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I completed my two Flag and Certificate Cases and they are to be picked up on Saturday. I think that it was harder to get decent pictures of them and to post the pictures on Lumberjocks than it was to do the woodworking!

Things that I learned on this project:
1.) It is important to put the same type of finish and the same number of coats of finish on all parts.
2.) The inside of the case and the pieces that go on the inside of the case should be coated with shellac.
3.) I felt real out of place going to fabric shops and trying to find crushed velvet only to come up empty handed.
4.) You can find anything on the internet, including crushed velvet.
5.) 3M’s Super 77 Adhesive works great for attaching the crushed velvet to the plywood back, however the edges of the fabric will want to pull loose.
6.) Once you have coated the inside of the case with shellac you need to be real careful as to how you clean the glass.
7.) Equal parts of white vinegar and water make a decent glass cleaner but it isn’t Windex!

I attached the flag holder to a base for two reasons:
1.) To keep it in place, and
2.) So that no part of the flag would be obscured by the case.

I want to thank all of the LJ’s who offered me their advice, but especially Fred Hargis and GrandpaLen. Their finishing tips were invaluable.

One other person who I would like to thank is my friend Tom Roth, owner of Joe Roth Glass in Boca Raton, Florida. When I told him that I was making these cases for an active duty soldier he offered to supply and install the glass at no charge.

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View AlBCuttnWud's profile


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#1 posted 03-20-2014 08:46 PM

Great job. The subtle details really make the difference.

I agree with the whole fabric store shopping….I announce to everyone what I am in there for…..I use a fabric called panne…’s light, porous, and looks like crushed velvet….I’ve never had it come unglued where I have had the heavier velvet come loose. It comes in a variety of colors. You can see a few shadow boxes in my album to get a better idea. Again, great job on this one.

-- -Al, Oak Harbor, WA

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#2 posted 03-20-2014 09:09 PM

I learned a great trick on thin cardboard pieces…like from packages and boxes. Cut pieces of cardboard out so they fit inside the box slightly loose. Then you cover the cardboard pieces with the felt, taking care to wrap all the edges around the backs, and line the box with the felt covered paperboard! Its a lot easier to work the pieces of cardboard and get the felt perfect, than to try and spray the adhesive inside a box and then put the felt down and trim it well..and you always end up with a raw edge. You can tweak the cardboard pieces so they fit just the way you want then easily cover each one with felt. Just make sure you leave enough room for the felt..but not too much so you leave gaps.


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#3 posted 03-20-2014 09:36 PM

Brad: I have used the same technique that you described when installing a cloth type material in the bottom on a box. I don’t know how well it would work on a vertical panel. The back of these cases are removable so that the flag, certificate and medals can inserted for display.

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