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Old 07-06-2008, 10:42 AM
 
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Ok, despite some leftover ankle annoyances, I managed to finish up my mini-project this morning.

Its 4th of July weekend! Fireworks, barbecues, flags flying.... err... wait. Mine wasn't. As I mentioned in another thread about flags, my flagpole is an odd size, its a bit larger, commercial and high end type. It was donated by my dad to me, and while a great flagpole and flag, he couldn't find the mount.

Since its a bit larger than normal, I decided to instead make one. This weekend was the perfect time to get the job done.

To start off, I did a bit of planning, and decided on a 4" x 4" x 3.5" (column width on the porch) mounting block. To hold the pole, I stopped in the plumbing section, and picked up a 1-1/4" flange and a 4" nipple.

So, starting off with some 1/2" plywood, I cut 3-1/2" strips (using leftovers from making some quick shelves) a little longer than my end result so I could get a nice smooth end when I cut it. After, I glue the pieces together, clamped nicely.

To brace the mount to the column, I want to use construction adhesive; but I didn't want it to be the only connection. I wanted something to keep the mount stable while the adhesive dried, and giving it just a bit of extra support. So, I pulled out my trusty kreg pocket-hole ***, and prepped two pocket holes before sending this off to be painted (ie: to the side until I had my paint at the ready).

Next up, the plumbing flange and nipple. I didn't want to stick it outside as just a flange and nipple, even painted, I wanted to disguise it - but not fully. If you look up close and can see what it is, it just feels more rustic (read: appropriate and easier), which works with the paint job (done just like the exterior light). So, I did a little sculpting... with caulk. Caulk works well because many exterior caulks are paintable, and you can really mess with the surface of it alot. You can make it messy, smooth, or any combination.

Afterwards, I painted the mounting block ultra pure white, and the flange as well in primer, then hammered copper, with dark brown misted over it before it dried fully, to get just the right blend I got previously.

Then, its as easy as mounting the sucker up, and sticking my flag on in!

On the to-do list... the paint color for some of the trim (dark blue to become an accent piece) will become the color I use when painting a simple eagle outline on the side of the mount. As I don't have the paint yet, I'll just do it in place a little later.

So, there it is, the 4th of July Weekend mini-project at the CuCullin household
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Old 07-06-2008, 10:44 AM
 
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Doh! Forgot one picture...
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Old 07-06-2008, 10:54 AM
 
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Doh! Forgot one picture...
Boy, you are a boy wonder Cu!! It's absolutely beautiful!!

As always, God bless America!!
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Old 07-06-2008, 10:54 AM
 
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Oh, almost forgot - the other to-do list item is a shelf bracket for underneath the mount block. I'm going to use another similar bracket on the other side of the porch, and do something decorative; who the hell knows what, I haven't thought that part out just yet.
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Old 07-06-2008, 10:57 AM
 
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Oh, almost forgot - the other to-do list item is a shelf bracket for underneath the mount block. I'm going to use another similar bracket on the other side of the porch, and do something decorative; who the hell knows what, I haven't thought that part out just yet.
How bout an eagle? Don't ask me how... Anyway, you are Cu and you will know how.
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Old 07-06-2008, 11:02 AM
 
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Doh! Forgot one picture...
Looks really nice Joe........another well done project, pretty soon you will have your own show as I previously stated!
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Old 07-06-2008, 11:09 AM
 
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How bout an eagle? Don't ask me how... Anyway, you are Cu and you will know how.
An eagle would be cool... interesting idea, thanks

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Looks really nice Joe........another well done project, pretty soon you will have your own show as I previously stated!
Thanks

Now if I could just get my gf to figure out what to do with her last few boxes, I could get the dining room finished off....
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Old 07-06-2008, 11:12 AM
 
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An eagle would be cool... interesting idea, thanks



Thanks

Now if I could just get my gf to figure out what to do with her last few boxes, I could get the dining room finished off....
That's what the basement is for... put all the junk you don't know what do with there. All else fails, have a corner for your future garage sale items.
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Old 07-06-2008, 11:22 AM
 
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That's what the basement is for... put all the junk you don't know what do with there. All else fails, have a corner for your future garage sale items.
Nah, she needs to decide before I move it anywhere - if it doesn't have a room assignment, it gets a curb assignment
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Old 07-06-2008, 11:24 AM
 
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Wow, you sound like a husband...
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