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Hello all. I'm kinda new to the hobby and learning every time I work on something. I'm currently working on a project making a rustic flag. The Union portion I order comes at a height of 10.5" It is intended to be joined to the 7 1x 2 stripes.

In theory the 10.5" union should match right up with the 7 1 x 2 stripes. I've done two using these ordered Unions and each time they are about 1/8" off. I can use a straight router bit to clean it up easy enough but it does mean its off a little.

This seems like simple arithmetic but I'm obviously getting something wrong. Is the glue between the 1 x 2s enough to create this difference? Feels like a dumb question but been staring at this all night and can't figure it out. Apologies if the answer is easy and staring me in the face.

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For anyone wanting to try this, here's the math:http://www.usflag.org/images/specflag.gif

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Thanks. If you were limited to the Home Depot is there anything you'd recommend for a gloss finish that is also from natural relatively non-toxic ingredients? I'm looking to pick it up tomorrow for some projects some folks are waiting on.
I can count on one hand how many of these "big box stores" I've been in during the last 2 years, and even then I was following someone else shopping there.

Perhaps, others here can lead you to a "non-toxic" choice from there...I really don't know of any...Sorry about that...

Good Luck, and can't wait to see pictures of more of your work...

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So I picked up a water based poly acrylic for now. Will do some more looking into finishes in the future. I like the idea of something more natural if it gets the effect I need.

New question on the same general project. I'm making a flag for our Hike event in June. It will feature the Xtreme Hike logo pictured below. I intend to stain the stripes as normal, after I do some burning for that rustic look. However, I intend to do an epoxy inlay inside the carving. So my question is this. At some point I will be applying a burned vignette around the logo, should I burn before or after I do the epoxy inlay? Will the heat bother the epoxy at all if I touch up the burn after the epoxy is set?

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post #24 of 26 Old 05-11-2019, 10:09 PM
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So I picked up a water based poly acrylic for now. Will do some more looking into finishes in the future. I like the idea of something more natural if it gets the effect I need.

New question on the same general project. I'm making a flag for our Hike event in June. It will feature the Xtreme Hike logo pictured below. I intend to stain the stripes as normal, after I do some burning for that rustic look. However, I intend to do an epoxy inlay inside the carving. So my question is this. At some point I will be applying a burned vignette around the logo, should I burn before or after I do the epoxy inlay? Will the heat bother the epoxy at all if I touch up the burn after the epoxy is set?

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Hi Zatara,

All your wood, if at all possible, should be in as fresh and clean a condition as possible before applying the epoxy. Epoxy, very much!!! will not take kindly to being burned, over heated or any form of extreme variant in temperature differential between the wood, and the epoxy itself.

So, your "burning" method is a great idea, yet once you have done this, I would strongly recommend cleaning well the wood with a brush and some Acetone as well. Alcohol at a minimum if you are Acetone sensitive.

And because, like me, you seem very conscious of being "green" and/or using only natural/traditional materials I would recommend Ecopoxy as your source epoxy. Great folks at that company to deal with, will be glad to answer your questions (should you have any?) and its a "plant based" epoxy not petroleum based!!!

P.S. I use to be a Wilderness Education Direct of a private school for boys for over ten years and still do extreme
sport facilitation and wilderness guiding when asked to...I would love to no more about your "extreme hike" and any other info you care to share about this with us?

Looking forward to your next update...

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Thanks Jay. I will definitely do all burning prior to application of epoxy. And thanks for the tips. I prefer the idea of green non-toxic where reasonably possible. Just don't see any reason to breathe in any more harmful stuff than necessary in life.

The Xtreme Hike is a charity event to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis research and treatment. My daughter was diagnosed with it a week after her birth and has been dealing with it for 5 years. She's been fairly healthy thanks in no small part to the efforts of the CF foundation.

The hike is June 15th in the Berkshire hills of Western, MA. It's one day, 28 miles, in fairly challenging terrain. It has been a great training motivator for myself and has also helped me improve my own personal health some which ain't bad either. Actually the flags are one of the ways I am raising money for the event. I', blessed with a good job so I can donate any profits from each flag to the CF Foundation. I have very little experience in woodworking but these are easy to make and seem to be popular. And people like knowing their money is going to a worthy cause. Plus its fun making them and the one below made a good Mother's Day gift.
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Wonderful project to tithe to!!!

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...The Xtreme Hike is a charity event to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis research and treatment. My daughter was diagnosed with it a week after her birth and has been dealing with it for 5 years. She's been fairly healthy thanks in no small part to the efforts of the CF foundation.

The hike is June 15th in the Berkshire hills of Western, MA. It's one day, 28 miles, in fairly challenging terrain. It has been a great training motivator for myself and has also helped me improve my own personal health some which ain't bad either. Actually the flags are one of the ways I am raising money for the event...
Hey Zatara,

Deep thanks for sharing that info...

Now I have context to your motivations! Absolutely wonderful organization that I have worked with several times since the 70's at one point or another. One of our group members in high school suffered badly from it and we lost them to it eventually. I'm please that your daughter is living well with it and in this current time. The burden is not a lite one. With prayer, research and support to the CF foundation this infliction will be undone in her life!!!

This work is excellent!!!!


Keep us all up to speed on the woodworking and how you do on the hike!!!

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