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I need help. My brother recently died and there is going to be a memorial service on Janueary 31 in New Hampshire. My Neice called me and wants me to build a burial flag case so they can present it to his wife in the case. I am looking for plans to build one. They want just a simple case that will only hold the flag that will drape his coffin. Can anyone help me? I need plans and dimensions. I have a short suspense to get this done. Any help will be appreciated.
 
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Old 01-24-10, 11:23 AM
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You're looking for something about 15" square and 5" deep. Of course this depends on the size of the flag. A nice box can be made by making the sides with a basic box joint. The top and bottom would have about 3/4" routed out lip around the edge so that they would fit inside the box but not fall in. The top and bottom and sides would then be glued together to form a solid box. The edges of the whole thing including the top would then be rounded over with a router. Finally the top of the box would be cut off. Be sure to set your rip fence so that it cuts between one of the box joints and lower than the thickness of the wood top so that it looks right.
 
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Old 01-24-10, 11:48 AM
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Never made one..but had a friend who made them for all the retirees at our command (even made one for the MCPON). You need to ask a bit of info. Will this sit on a shelf or possibly be mounted to a wall. Most sit...but it could affect design.

I'll give a brief description and then post the pics shortly.

Mine is oak 3/4" x 3". Some people like mahogany or cherry, I'm just an oak kinda guy. Bottom total length is 20 1/4, top sides are 14 3/8. The bottom is pocket screwed to the sides so the glass can be replaced in the rabbit if required. 1/4 Ply back screwed on (don't blame him..I did mine, he didn't have time to finish so he just made the carcass and I did the glass and back).

It can't really be a equilateral triangle as a folded flag doesn't work that way. The butt joint at the top is 90 deg...and the bottom joints are 47 deg. Not sure how the top joint is done I see no brads or anything...though this guy was a cabinet and furniture maker...so who knows.

Now...I hate to say it...but I would really suggest you wait until you get the actual folded flag. I know the cheap nylon flags with printed stars they try to give sometimes, is much smaller than the cloth type with embroidered stars like I have.

Also...if you just can't get it done or find someone at a local base or woodshop who can....any base exchange will have some available.

Ok...pics to follow soon...
 
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Old 01-24-10, 12:02 PM
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OK...lets see.....I want to keep them big so you can see detail if needed.

http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/m...Flagbox005.jpg
http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/m...Flagbox004.jpg
http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/m...Flagbox003.jpg
http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/m...Flagbox002.jpg
http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/m...Flagbox001.jpg

btw...though it looks like the wood is different colors thats just the lighting..it does show the joints well though. He made it all from one piece and even matched the grain over the top joint.
 
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Originally Posted by Gunguy45 View Post
(even made one for the MCPON).
Is that something new on the McDonalds's menu?

I have to agree with Guns that you might want to seriously consider waiting until after the presentation. Among other things it is fairly standard that the flag is folded and presented to the next of kin either at the conclusion of the memorial service or at graveside, so incorporating the display case could be awkward.

Our condolences on your loss. :USAF:
 
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Nice link, Cliff.
 
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