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Thread: Flag & Medal Display Case

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Thomasville, GA

    Flag & Medal Display Case

    While I've been working on other items, I also designed and built a display case for a veteran's burial flag and medals for my FIL. He had admired a few of them at the funeral home when my wife's grandmother died three years ago, but didn't like their prices. At the time, I volunteered to build one for him, but he wasn't ready to commit, I think because it made him feel the inevitable was closer. In any event, during our last visit to their home about six months ago, he mentioned a display case again, so I got busy on it when we returned home. We drove to their home near Birmingham this week and I presented him with the completed case.

    Stupid me...I forgot to take some good photos of the completed case before we left home, so I had to make do. Here's a fairly decent photo of the case.

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    I chose some of the fine Michigan chocolate bestowed on me a couple of years ago. I cut the sides and top pieces from one board so the grain had continuity up, across and down.

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    Here are the parts after I had finished the wood before assembly. The finish is a couple of hand-rubbed coats of tung oil (the real stuff), followed by two coats of 1/1/1 tung oil, naphtha, satin poly. I top-coated it with three coats of satin WOP.

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    Bill Arnold
    Citizen of Texas residing in Georgia.
    NRA Life Member
    Member of Mensa
    Live every day like it's your last, but don't forget to stop and smell the roses.

  2. #2
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    Dec 2006
    Yorktown, Virginia
    Beautiful, Bill. The finish really came out nice and I like the insets around the perimeter.... those really set it apart.

  3. #3
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    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    She's a beauty Bill. A wonderful place for some special memories.
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  4. #4
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    Nov 2006
    Constantine, MI
    Fine looking piece - well done!
    “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

  5. #5
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    That came out great. I bet he loved it
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  6. #6
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    Feb 2008
    S E Washington State
    Very nicely done. I made one for my FIL. Don't know who ended up with it after my MIL passed away.
    "We the People ......"

  7. #7
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    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Beautiful work, Bill.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  8. #8
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    Jan 2011
    Spitting distance north of Detroit Michigan
    Very nicely done Bill
    The perception of perfection is perfectly clear to everyone else

  9. #9
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    Sep 2007
    Plainwell, Michigan
    Wonderfully done Bill, walnut is always a fine choice I need to make one for my fil's flag and will use yours as reference

  10. #10
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    Mar 2007
    Escondido, CA
    Nice chocolate. Nice job.

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