Wavey American Flag From 2x4s

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Introduction: Wavey American Flag From 2x4s

Determine how long and wide you want your flag then cut a template using a rounded edge over at the bandsaw. Once you have your template mark the waves on your 2x4s moving down the template an inch after each 2x4. This way you will get a wavy look and will help cut down on sanding.

Step 1: Flag Taking Shape

Once all 13 2x4s are cut you now have something that looks like a wavy flag. Let's move on...

Step 2: Carving Your Flag.

I HIGHLY advise you to do this outside your shop. I used the arborthech turbo plane and it did fast work on the carving. Just be careful and make sure you know how to use it. Practice on some scrap wood first for sure because if you apply to much pressure then you will eat to deep into the wood. Let the tool do the work! Once done with the turbo plane I went back with a palm sander and work up to 220 then used a small hand sander that was 400.

Step 3: Taping and Staining

This is the longest step for sure because you have to tape each strip twice. Just take your time and make sure the tape sticks over the humps. I used frog tape and Min-Wax stain. There was small amounts of bleed through but I went back with a dermal tool and touch it all up.

Step 4: Choose Your Finish

Here you can see the glossy finish. Thanks for looking and be sure to ask any questions you might have. God Bless America!

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31 Comments

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RichyBocaz
RichyBocaz

2 years ago on Introduction

It is USA Flag, America is a continent with many countries not just one.

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rjlatino0706
rjlatino0706

Reply 1 year ago

You are correct ricardo.it looks like you went to school and so did i!!!lol

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donkidd
donkidd

Reply 1 year ago

America IS NOT a continent. North America is a continent, and South America is a continent, but not “America.” And except for the USA, no other country calls itself America, so it's pretty easy to distinguish, right? (Trying really hard to be nice here.)

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rjlatino0706
rjlatino0706

Reply 1 year ago

We have what Christopher Columbus call the Americas.North America you have Canada,usa and mexico,then u have central America which it has 7 countries,then u have south America which it has many countries,it is call United states of north America. And America is JUST 1 continent divided on 3 sections,north America,central America and south America.thank you.

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TomH218
TomH218

Reply 2 years ago

America is indeed a continent. But we do live in the United States of America, we call ourselves Americans and we call our flag the American Flag. So MoodyM was correct in what he called it.

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MoodyM
MoodyM

Reply 2 years ago

USA you are correct

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markmurphy206
markmurphy206

Question 1 year ago on Step 1

I have 13 8ft. 2x4s. I want to make a 3x5ft. Wavy american flag. How long should my 2x4s be?

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NeilRG
NeilRG

1 year ago

This is the most imaginative use of a bandsaw I think I ve ever seen. Wonderful workmanship.

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MikeL348
MikeL348

1 year ago

I've been wanting to make one of these for a while and with your method I think I can now!
A few of questions.
(1) What is the overall size of your flag?
(2) Fot the wavy template, what is the height/thickness of the lowest point of the wave and what is the height of the highest point?
(3) What is the distance between the waves (lowest point to lowest point, or highest to highest)?

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stanwitham
stanwitham

2 years ago on Step 3

For the wavy base, a person might be able to use the strips of wood used in roofing. the kind used for wavy plastic roofs.

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Bodypeersur
Bodypeersur

Question 2 years ago on Step 4

How did you apply the stars?

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MoodyM
MoodyM

Answer 2 years ago

No I used a template and then carved them out with a dreaml tool

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MoodyM
MoodyM

Reply 2 years ago

What’s this again?

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ZacWolf
ZacWolf

Question 2 years ago

What did you use for the stars?

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MoodyM
MoodyM

Answer 2 years ago

I got a template from https://thefurrminator.com/ and traced them out and then used a dermal tool to carve them... thanks for looking God Bless...

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ZacWolf
ZacWolf

Reply 2 years ago

THANKS!!! Great project!

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MoodyM
MoodyM

Reply 2 years ago

Thanks man!!