In The Shop: George’s Flag Box

Every once in a while we like to check in on the WWGOA editors to see what they’re up to in the shop. Here’s your chance to get to know the faces and personalities behind WWGOA and take a peek into their own worlds.

I love how walnut and cherry look together, so I chose those two woods for this flag box for the local Scout Troop. The cherry piece is a raised panel into which I CNC cut the text and logo. The box corners are mitered.

Flag box

I built the box by assembling all six pieces – four box parts, bottom, and lid – and then cutting the lid off on the table saw. It’s subtle, but that process leaves the grain continuous on the box pieces. It also guarantees the lid is a perfect fit for the base.

Flag in flag box The interior is covered with wine flocking. I like the contrast it provides for the flags, and I think it gives the box a touch of elegance. Flocking is easy to do. You can learn more about it in our How to Apply Flocking video.

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8 Responses to “In The Shop: George’s Flag Box”

  1. HOWARD Marks

    Great looking project

  2. JACK

    As a veteran Scout leader (and a veteran), I thank you immensely for your support of the BSA.

  3. Jon

    The CNC did a phenomenal job on the Scout Logo. I've never seen one so detailed in wood. Great Work.

  4. Pat McGuire

    This is only a "Flag Box" because of what is in it. It could be a box for most anything one would put inside of it. I for one, want a flag box that is instantly recognizable like most all triangular shaped ones with glass fronts. The same as the ones I have for my Father, Mother and Father-In-Law. I also hope that the flag that will be presented for my service sometime in the future will be one of the latter. Thanks for the opportunity for me to sound off.

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  6. Ray G6

    Yes it's nice but it isn't instantly recognisable as a flag box. I for one wouldn't change our USA flag box to this style. Monsignor Ray

  7. gordon mcbrearty

    i am going back to collage to learn how to make furniture and i am hope that i can make a box like this is looks fantastic and somthing to keep and treasure

  8. slyfox

    Not a comment about your flag box but I thought you might be interested in a story about turning a project using plywood, laminated together much the same as your beam was. A student of mine decided that he wanted to make a rather large bowl using plywood, just to see what it would look like so he glued about 6 pieces of 3/4" plywood together with the intention of turning a 20" bowl outboard on the lathe. He initially attached it to a face plate so he could turn it to a 20" round and do the initial shaping. His intention was to then turn a recess so he could reverse the blank and mount it on the chuck. All went well until he turned off the machine when he received a very real lesson in the mechanics of inertia. Instead of gradually slowing the lathe down, he simply turned if off. The big old Delta did what it was supposed to do and came to a halt. Unfortunately, the 20" of heavy plywood had other plans and continued to rotate at a slightly faster rate than the lathe was. Consequently, it didn't take long before the disk unscrewed itself from the headstock, dropped to the floor and started a rather rapid exploration of the classroom. In approximately 3 seconds I had every student standing on top of their workbench while we all watched the whirling disk make it trips around the room. I could have told them what would happen but they quickly learned on their own both a lesson in woodworking and in physics.