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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 and Member of Mensa
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  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
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Constantine, MI
    Fine looking piece - well done!
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  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.
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  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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