Memorial Flag Shadow Box With Chisel Storage




Introduction: Memorial Flag Shadow Box With Chisel Storage

About: I have a youtube channel and a Etsy shop I sell the things i make i also do craft shows and stuff like that. i am documenting my journey to help people do it yourself so steal my ideas and make some money!!

With Veterans day right around the corner i thought this would be a great project. My Grandfather passed away some time ago and since I was in the Military my grandma gave me his flag. Like everyone else my skills have gotten better and it was time to redo the case I had for the flag. I was also given his Chisels and I wanted to incorporate that into the design. so here it is


  • table saw
  • cross cut sled
  • spline jig
  • router
  • sanders
  • drill
  • hot glue gun
  • wood glue
  • tape measure
  • Wood (i choose maple since this was a favorite of my grandpas) also added padauk for contrasting color
  • glass
  • flocking for the backing
  • 1/4 inch ply
  • stapler

Step 1: Mill Wood

Mill up all the wood to length

dimensions was 25 by 32

the memorial flag needs a 25 by 16 3/4 by 3 inches

for the section holding the chisels cut a 1/2 inch dado down the center of the wood

then cut 2 dados for the center divider

Step 2: Sanding

this may sound like to early to sand but you will thank me later sanding before you put it together is so much easier. I made 2 frames for 2 pictures of my grandpa in uniform and added splines to them as well this makes for a very strong joint.

Step 3: Assemble

using glue assemble the box and clamp verify everything is squared up. and let sit overnight

set up the spline jig (look it up easy to make) i added 2 spline to each corner using padauk for the splines to add some color contrast

Step 4: Plywood Backing

i used the 1/4 inch rabbit bit in my router to add a rabbit to the back of the box then cut the plywood to size i used maple for the chisel compartment and then Flocked the area that contained the picture and left the flag area blank.

Step 5: Face Frame

for the face frame i cut the wood using 45s then added a 1/4 inch rabbit to accept the glass.

Step 6: Chisel Storage

Drill holes for the chisel in a separate piece of wood

using a contrasting color i laid out all the chisels and drilled holes according to the size of the chisel.

Step 7: Finishing

I used a wipe on water lox to finish the project and added a French cleat to the back for easy mounting

then drilled a hole the size of the led lights in the top right hand corner of the dado slot and added lights cut them down to length

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    9 months ago

    A great tribute to your grandfather.