American flag for Dad

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Project by Tooch posted 05-08-2018 08:24 PM 1949 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I have made a couple of these before, mainly for gifts (as is this one), but this project was a little more specific because it was for my dad. Last time I was over their house i realized that he had a bare wall in his home office, so I figured this would be a great fit for him. His 69th birthday was this past Sunday, so I got it done just in time.


I used a 2×4 for the stripes, ripping down 13 strips at 3/8” thick. I knew I would be painting the back, so the frame on the back is made of common pine, assembled with pocket joints. I torched the slats first, then stained with various colors, although the white strips are left natural. After staining the blue union, I set all the slats in the laser engraver which Burns off the stain, leaving the stars to appear white. The slats are then nailed on with 3/4” crown molding Staples and finished with several coats of minwax satin Polycrylic.

After giving it to him he was so excited about it he decides to hang it in the living room instead of his office. Picture #4 shows the two of us together, he’s the good looking one on the left.

Thanks for looking, all comments/suggestioms welcome and replied to!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 05-08-2018 09:00 PM

First off I’d like to wish your dad a Happy Belated Birthday. Now looking at your gift to your day I would say from that big ole smile on his face he is very happy with his gift.

I’ve seen many flags posted here but I really like the look of the one you made for your dad. I would think this gem of a flag will be passed down to future generations. Nice work Tooch!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 05-08-2018 09:52 PM

Very nice especially if he is a veteran.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#3 posted 05-08-2018 10:08 PM

Thanks Tony, the only somber thought about it being passed down to future generations is that I am the future generation, but here’s hoping I won’t have to think about that for a long time

Thanks Russell, he is a veteran of the Vietnam era. He Went through ROTC at Penn State and came out a 2nd lieutenant. Not sure what he left as… But I seem to remember it was a Captain.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#4 posted 05-08-2018 10:42 PM

Absolutely love this one. Outstanding job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#5 posted 05-08-2018 11:46 PM

Tooch, Likewise Vietnam Vet. !962-1982 Retired Major in USAF, Munitions Maintenance Officer. 645 people under me in Guam unpacking, assembling, Loading and launching 3000 bombs over Vietnam; then a year in Vietnam as an advisor to VNAF for munitions matters. Really like that flag construction.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#6 posted 05-08-2018 11:53 PM

Very beautiful and heartfelt build right here. That’s a fantastic pic of you and your Dad.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 05-09-2018 12:57 AM

I looked this over long and hard and have to say it gives me a good feeling. Nice job Tooch.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 05-09-2018 02:09 AM

Beautiful work on that flag , Mike and it is such a nice gift. Nice shot of you and your dad, too!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 05-09-2018 09:37 AM

Russell thank you for your service. 20 years is a long time and so.ethubg to be proud of.

Thanks Roger, Dave and Jim, always glad to hear from you guys.

Just realized i didn’t add the one picture of the frame, so here it is (from the back):

Sometimes I miss things when I’m posting on my phone… The middle piece is left wider to accommodate the transition between union/stripes and still keep the weight balanced so it doesn’t lean one way or the other.

Approximate dimensions are 16-3/4” tall by 32” long.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#10 posted 05-09-2018 11:43 AM

This is an outstanding rustic flag.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 05-09-2018 11:44 PM

Tooch , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 05-10-2018 08:44 AM

Beautifuly made as rustic style with those boards.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 05-12-2018 11:10 AM

Nice work. What is the dimension of each star tip to tip? and the width of each slat? Thanks

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#14 posted 05-15-2018 08:25 PM

Great job. I love this design!

-- Eric, Mesa AZ.,

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