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07-06-2020 07:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: flag question hardwood joinery

Looking for input as I am wanting to create a Texas Flag wall hanging out of hardwood for my office. With the star being made out of metal like seen on a barn. Broken down there are three “sections” the red, white, and blue which are all the same size that join to make the flag. However, I dont want to actually paint the wood, rather, use different hardwoods’ natural color and shading to differentiate between the 3 “sections.” I am more than open to suggestions, but the hardwoods I have identified are as follows:

Blue = Black Walnut
Red = Cherry
White = Maple

Overall Dimensions: 45” x 30” thickness is not critical
“Section” Dimensions: 15” x 30” thickness is not critical

Questions I find myself asking:
-What joinery method to use?
-Can I expect to find solid slabs of wood for this or should I glue together scraps or smaller portions of hardwood to make the size sections I need?
-What finish should I use to allow the natural color and character of the wood show?

Thank you in advance for any input or assistance anyone can provide.

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#1 posted 07-06-2020 07:52 PM

Well, I used Acacia, White Oak and Red Eucalyptus.
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The Walnut and Maple will work well together. The issue I found with Cherry is that when it was next to Walnut and Oak, it was too light and didn’t contrast well with the Maple. YMMV of course. You may want to consider some dye for the Cherry to make it notably red though.

I debated joinery for a long time on that box. In the end, I just glued the Oak and Eucalyptus along the edge grain and then butted them against the Acacia and used biscuits with epoxy instead of glue. My thinking was that the epoxy has some elasticity to allow the Oak/Eucalyptus to expand/contract and that the epoxy wouldn’t be absorbed into the end grain as glue has a tendency to do. So far, my reasoning has held up. No issues with the box in 2+ years.

Good luck with it!

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#2 posted 07-06-2020 08:49 PM

For the red, try Eastern red (aromatic) cedar or mesquite.

15” wide boards may be a bit difficult to locate in all three species so I would plan on edge gluing smaller pieces to get your final dimensions.

Check out Dakota Hardwoods ( for the walnut, maple and cedar. They have several locations and they deliver so that may be an option for you. Mesquite will need to be sourced from a sawmill, but they are easily found online.

Whatever you do, make sure you post the final results!

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#3 posted 07-06-2020 09:00 PM

If you are open to softwoods, you might look at some blue stain pine for the blue area. The blue stain comes naturally from a fungus. It can look a little on the grey side sometimes and can be a little splotchy or uneven but I have also seen some that is pretty dang blue, at least when new anyway.

You say you don’t want to stain it but you might consider using a dilute trace coat of Transtint dye to give what ever wood you select just a hint of blue.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#4 posted 07-06-2020 09:17 PM

These are boxes I have made of the Texas flag. Cedar or Bubinga for the red, Hard maple for the white and walnut for the “Blue” ( I know of no blue wood). These sell well here in West Texas. Spray on gloss lacquer.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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