Large "Memory" Box




I made this box for a U.S. Army Soldier as a go away gift. In the lid, the black area is a cork board covered with black felt, so the Soldier can put their awards/ribbons. It took me around 2-3 weeks to get it done (waiting for paint dry and polyurethane to cure and then assembly).

Dimension for this box are 18"L x 10"W x 12"T and includes the following:

Main Box Body

1. Cut 2 Pieces of pine wood for the front and back section with the following measurements (18"L x 9"T) and 2 for the sides (10"W x 9"T)

2. Stain your cut pieces as desired. In this case I left it natural color with torched edges.

3. Add whatever design you want, in this case I made a carving that was later hand painted.

4. Decide on how to assemble the box. I used Half bind dove tails, it provides a strong bond.

5. Cut a 3/4" deep x 1/4" wide groove for the base plate. I use a wood glue/finish nails combination to be in the safe side.


1. Cut 2 pieces of pine wood for the front and back section with the following measurements (18"L x 3"T) and 2 for the sides (10"W x 3"T)

2. Add a design or leave empty to the top part of the lid.

3. Conduct steps 4 & 5 for the lid part.

4. Before gluing everything together, create a grove all around the inside of the lid (table saw blade width and no more than 1/8" deep). This grove is where you will put the plexy glass that covers the flag.

5. Cut the final piece to complete the flag case. I don't have specific measurements, since I do it by eye.

6. Add cork to the area next to the flag, you can use Elmer's glue for this process. and cover the cork with black felt.

7. Fold a flag (3x5) with dignity and respect, mine are all folded by a U.S. Veteran.


1. Cut 2 pieces of pine wood for the front and back section with the following measurements ( 16 1/4"L x 2"T) and 2 for the sides ( 9 3/16"L x 2"T)

2. This is not an item for heavy objects, so I do not to dove tails on the tray.

3. Cut a 1/4" Deep x 1/4" wide groove so you can add a 1/4" piece of wood as a base.

4. Once tray is assemble, add to the box body a stopper, so the tray sticks out a little bit and doesn't go all the way inside the box.


1. Using a 1/4" roundover bit, trim the edges to give it a more clean look (Box, lid and tray)

2. re-stain the areas that you just trimmed. In my case, I torched those edges

3. Apply polyurethane for the desired finish. I personally use the 3X poly.

4. Once everything has cured, add all the desired hardware ( Chest latches, Chest Handles and decorative hinges)



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6 Discussions


2 years ago

very nice! and well-done on the instructions


2 years ago

I recently retired from the Army and originally wanted to get a display case for my flag and awards. But my other mementos are in a duffle bag. This is exactly what I've been looking for. A way to display if I want and something to keep all my military stuff in one spot with style. Very well done.

LaTrisha 1

2 years ago

You're doing great things Alex, we're so proud of you !

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