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Thread: Burial flag case

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire

    Burial flag case

    I made this for my father in laws burial flag. He passed away several months ago. I'll give it to my Mother in law and my wife's brothers and sisters this weekend.

    I have been in such a funk this year and this very simple project gave me fits. It took me forever to get it almost right.
    I started out wanting to make the 45's simple 22.5 degree joints so the end grain wouldn't show on the case. I tried twice to get the angles to fit perfectly and wasted some really nice walnut. I figured then that I would take a lesson from Glenn Bradley and make a template first to make sure everything fit perfectly. The template was perfect but when I cut the project boards they were still off. I blame it all on my crappy mind set.

    Taking inspiration from Karl Laustrup's post on the flag case he made and finally getting my head straight I finished it. Obviously I gave up on the 22.5 degree angles but what I came up with pleases my eye almost as much.

    I was going to try and cut the glass myself but decided not to push my luck I took it to a glass shop and $23.50 () and a few days later It's all set to go.

    It's cherry finished with fruitwood danish oil and 4 coats of wipe on poly. I really like what the fruitwood oil did to the cherry. I guess all it did was to speed up the natural darkening of the wood but it gave it the warmth that I was hoping to get.

    I also made the glass easily replaceable in case I break it on the trip down to Newton Mass.

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    Faith, Hope & Charity

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    Dec 2006
    Independence, Kentucky
    Very nice Bob, they will be very pleased I am sure
    I'm supposed to respect my elders, but its getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

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    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Despite the trials and tribulations, I'd say you came out on top with this one, Bob.
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    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    Very nice and sure to be appreciated.
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  5. #5
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    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Great looking case Bob, I'm sure it will be appreciated.

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Looks perfect to me.
    Chinese Proverb: Man who eats many prunes gets good run for the money.

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    Jan 2011
    Spitting distance north of Detroit Michigan
    Turned out very nice Bob
    The perception of perfection is perfectly clear to everyone else

  8. #8
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    Feb 2008
    S E Washington State
    Very nice indeed!
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  9. #9
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    My wife went to her mothers Saturday and forgot to bring it
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Constantine, MI

    Burial flag case

    Nicely done.
    “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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