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07-23-2018 08:14 PM

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My Dad was a U.S. Navy veteran that served in Korea, and Vietnam. He passed away recently, and his funeral service he had the full military honors which was awesome. The casket was draped with the flag, and the flag was in turn folded and given to my step mom.

I would like to build and send her a presentation case for my Dads flag, and his medals. But I have no idea what the dimensions of the case need to be.

The medals and commendations he recieved that I know of, and I am sure there are at least 2 or 3 more that I just can’t remember right now are…

National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Vietnam Campaign Medal
three Good Conduct awards
Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon
Purple Heart
Bronze Star

Any advice you might have as to what the dimensions that would best suit this would be greatly appeciated.

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#1 posted 07-23-2018 08:26 PM

Google “folded flag dimensions”. Tons of hits, including…..

http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/making-memorial-flag-case/

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#2 posted 07-23-2018 08:27 PM

My condolences and a thank you for your dad’s service.

A quick search on here turned up this thread that seemed to have quite a few links that might be helpful

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/28335

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#3 posted 07-23-2018 08:27 PM

there is not really a “standard” size for flag boxes.
their are some generic boxes available on the web from
several different sources. to make your own, lay everything out
that will go in the box and that will be your template to work with.
you can include other items of interest in the case that you feel will
add to the history and memory of your father. such as his arm rank insignia,
dog tags, patches from ships and duty stations, etc.
you can get a copy of his DD-214 from the Bureau of Personnel that will list all his awards.
also, a nice touch is to have all his duty stations with dates engraved on a brass plate.
Pinterest can give you some ideas if you search for Flag Box Photos.
a military flag box can be as simple or complex as you want to make it.

My deepest condolences to you and your family for your loss.
there are several of us Navy Veterans here that will be more than glad
to help you along the process.

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just for a generic display case, this may help you with the sizes.

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#4 posted 07-23-2018 09:30 PM

First off, thank you, and thank you. My Dad was proud of his military service. He is also why I got into woodworking to begin with. I know he would want a presentation case for his flag.

I might be a bit confused by the dimensions on the miters for the bottom / long piece. I am thinking they should be 22.5 deg miters, but I see this written as 221/2 deg which in my way of understanding is different from 22-1/2 deg. 221/2 reads as two hundred and twenty one half degrees, and 22-1/2 deg reads as twenty two and a half degrees.

I am assuming this is simply a misunderstanding of the way the authors are trying to express themselves, but I just want to be sure. My Dads was the sixth funeral for family, or friends we have had since March, so my head is kind of mush right now…

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#5 posted 07-23-2018 09:50 PM

the diagram just missed the “space” in the 22 1/2 number (which is just a typo).
22.5 & 22-1/2 & 22 1/2 and 221/2 are all the same (half of 45*)
just don’t over think it and it will fall into place.

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#6 posted 07-24-2018 02:58 PM

Got it… Like I said, head is mush right now…

Going to be a bit before I am willing to power up the table saw. Need to replace the brushes anyway…

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