On Tuesday I got a chance to see the completed flag case. It looks amazing. Once Pete glued everything together and sanded it down, the inlays are seamless. I couldn't believe it. The finish is so smooth that it looks like the dark wood inlays aren't inlays at all -- it looks like the text and the ship were printed on the light wood.
The family gathered this weekend for a wedding, so Pete was able to deliver the case to his grandmother. They inserted the flag and sent this picture:
I'm so pleased with how this turned out. I'm looking forward to experimenting with more wood in the future.
I spent a little time in the College of Architecture at Virginia Tech. It was there that I learned a thing or two about cardboard. With a little finesse, I turn something ordinary into something unique.