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Project by jdp12678 posted 10-10-2013 03:29 AM 1642 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Nothing better to do on a couple of furlough days than to show my love for country.

I have several pallets laying around from a prior project (raised bed garden) so I got to pulling them apart and selecting some of the better material for this project. I simply ran the board across the table saw to clean up the edges the best I could without squaring them up completely so as to leave some of the rough edges for character and then a quick sanding. The width I needed was approx 29” for the space that my wife chose (front porch). Glued the boards up and used 2 braces across the back that span approx 27” (glued and screwed to the back of the pallet boards).

The actual wood aspect of this project was simple and went by fairly quickly. The time consuming part was in the detail. On Wikipedia I found the G-Specs for the US Flag as found in the US code on the dimensions (all based on ratio of the width for the vertically displayed flag or height for the horizontally displayed flag). The stars took FOREVER but I wanted the flag to look correct and have the 50 stars, I don’t like seeing flags with a random number of stars. After adding a little red, white and blue it is now hanging on the front porch and my wife loves it.

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#1 posted 10-10-2013 04:49 AM

Fantastic work! From the first glance, I thought it was a fabric flag. You certainly got every detail perfect!


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#2 posted 10-10-2013 11:54 AM

What a neat project…. impressive detail

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#3 posted 10-10-2013 01:15 PM

Very nice!
Any chance of a closer picture of the finished product?

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#4 posted 10-10-2013 02:17 PM

Nice job…......I got to get me a few of those furlough days so I can have some fun.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#5 posted 10-10-2013 03:39 PM

Nice use of the furlough… My response was getting a 2nd job, now back at work and in theory getting paid from federal job and putting in an additional 42 hours of work at 2nd job… Not sure when I’ll get back into the shop… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#6 posted 10-10-2013 04:08 PM

Nice job on the Flag. It looks fantastic!!! I would proudly hang it at my house! Sorry to hear you got Furloughed. I went through it this summer, but avoided it this go-round. This round is alot worse. Glad you can enjoy some shop time and hope you get back to work soon.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#7 posted 10-10-2013 07:51 PM

That looks really great! Good job!

-- A Veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to and including their life. That is beyond honor

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#8 posted 10-10-2013 11:57 PM

Sorry to hear about your furlough days..The flag turned out awesome! What attention to detail.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#9 posted 10-11-2013 01:34 AM

Thanks everyone. My wife has taken some more detailed pics and I will try and get some up in another day or so. The project was made from pallet wood so the nail holes and cracks/splits in the wood show.

Maybe all of those folks in D.C. can get their act together and end this mess soon.

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#10 posted 10-11-2013 02:11 AM

Yes—-very impressive!

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