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Community Service - Memorial Flag Cases

Flag CaseThe Diablo Woodworkers became engaged in honoring fallen firefighters, police officers and military shortly after the September 11, 2001 disasters in New York City and Washington, D.C. (Please read the complete story below.) We continue to be an important part of preserving the memories of men and women who serve our local communities. The Diablo Woodworkers will present a beautiful handmade flag case to the family of any San Francisco Bay Area active firefighter or police officer who loses their life in the line of duty.

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Flag Case Project History

All of us were stunned on September 11th by the unconscionable destruction of lives and property in New York and Washington DC. As stunned as we all were at the moment, one woodworker, Phil Cullen of San Ramon, came up with a way to use his skills to help the victims families preserve their last memories of their lost ones. Phil sent out many email messages to woodworking clubs all over the nation to make Flag Cases to be given to the victims families. The Diablo Woodworkers jumped in to help with this wonderful idea and made 60 flag cases for the victims families of the Pentagon attack. Another 100 flag cases were made for the families of those New York firefighters and airline flight crews that lost their lives in this 9/11 disaster.

Phil passed the reins for the coordination of this project to George DuBois of the Oregon Woodworkers Guild as George is retired and had the time to find contacts for shipping and distribution of the cases. Our club worked closely with George as this project proceeded.

A Big Thanks goes to Phil Cullen for giving all of us a chance to work on this very meaningful project.

Also a BIG THANKS goes to the following:

  • Hardwood Resources, of Martinez, donated 200 bd. ft. of eastern walnut.
  • Hardwoods Inc. of Livermore donated 90 bd. ft. of eastern walnut.
  • Greg Gomes, owner of Classic Cabinets of Benecia donated enough pre-finished ¼" maple plywood for the backs of the case. Greg also donated his shop in Benicia on two Saturdays for preparing the walnut boards.
  • Glass Tech of Antioch donated glass for the front of the cases.
  • Pagano's Hardware Mart of Alameda donated glass for the front of the cases.
  • Inland Packaging and Paper Corp. of Indianapolis IN for shipping cartons for the Flag Cases.
  • De Silva Group LLC of Dublin donated $250 for the purchase of hardware parts for the project such as screws, twist buttons, ogee bit, and shipping supplies.
  • Diablo Woodworkers members that donated money for this effort.
  • Diablo Woodworkers members that put in time and talents during the months of October, November, and December 2001 to construct the Flag Cases.
  • ChevronTexaco Corporation donated money for the shipping of the flag cases.

Photo Gallery of Construction Steps

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Gerald Perry and Roger Giles Planning Walnut Boards in Jeff Traeger's Shop
Flag Case sides cut to length

Flag Case sides cut to length.
Jeff Traeger's tennoning jig for cutting angles on the Flag Case sides.
Jeff Traeger's tennoning jig for cutting angles on the Flag Case sides.
Jeff Traeger cutting angles on the Flag Case sides.
Jeff Traeger cutting angles on the Flag Case sides.
Bob Barnett and David Wittonbrock gluing up Flag Case sides.
Bob Barnett and David Wittonbrock gluing up Flag Case sides.
Glued up Flag Case with corner guides designed by Tom Meyers.
Glued up Flag Case with corner guides designed by Tom Meyers.
Flag Case work crew: Bill Tarleton, Bob Kreider, Phil Cullin, Julie Gilchrist, Bill Small, Bob Barnett, David Wittonbrock, Tom Meyers.
Flag Case work crew: Bill Tarleton, Bob Kreider, Phil Cullin, Julie Gilchrist, Bill Small, Bob Barnett, David Wittonbrock, Tom Meyers.
Jeff Traeger's spline jig.

Jeff Traeger's spline jig.
Jeff Traeger cutting angles on the Flag Case sides.
Jeff Traeger cutting angles on the Flag Case sides.

Installing splines are Andy Anderson, Andrew Baxter, Dorrie Harden, Roger Giles.

Crew: David Wittonbrock, Andrew Baxter, Phil Cullin, Ed Steffinger, Andy Anderson, Bob Kreider, Ross Dileo, Jerry Perry, Jeff Traeger, Roger Giles, Dorrie Harden, Tom Meyers.

Bill Tarleton routing the ogee and Jeff Traeger sanding the splines.


Tom Meyers Sanding.

Andy Anderson (front) and Gene Wagg drilling holes for the feet screws.

Bill Small, Roger Giles, David Wittonbrock, and Bob Kreider applying finish.

Finishing Crew: Bill Tarleton, Jeff Traeger, Gene Wagg, Bill Small and Julie Gilchrist.

Bob Barnett and Dorrie Harden applying finish.

60 Finished Flag Cases getting ready for shipment to Washington DC.

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Finished Black Walnut Flag Case

Bill Tarleton was assigned one more task as part of the next step in the Woodworkers United For America (WUFA) Flag Case Project. Several thousand additional Flag Cases were made by woodworkers all over the country. Bill was the Western States Region Coordinator for Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii and California. He distributed information about the WUFA Flag Case project to woodworkers in those states that volunteered to make cases. There were 50 more cases assigned to these states with over 25 woodworkers involved. Thanks to Phil Cullen for his idea that has kept woodworkers busy into the year 2002 and well beyond.



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