EP. 18 DIY WOOD-BURNED AMERICAN FLAG


wood-burnedamericanflag

Today on Modern Builds, we're making an American flag, but not just any flag, we're using a Japanese wood-burning technique called shou-sugi-ban.

SUPPLIES:

13 1x4's

Template (below)

Wood Glue: http://amzn.to/1YaACIy

TOOLS USED: 

Circular Saw: http://amzn.to/1YaApoL

Jigsaw: http://amzn.to/1m1IZog

Torch: http://goo.gl/lWTAlA




STEP ONE: MATH

Here are all of the equations you'll need: http://goo.gl/NxZern

STEP TWO: CUT TO LENGTH

I cut everything to length on the chop saw making sure to save my off-cuts to use on the union of the flag

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STEP THREE: RIP TO WIDTH

I began by simply squaring off one side on the table saw.

Next I ripped the board to their final widths.

STEP FOUR: GLUE UP THE UNION

I used cheap 1x4's, so It took me a lot of clamps to get these boards joined.

STEP FIVE: CUT OUT THE STARS

It's time to cut out the stars. First apply the template and use a jugsaw to cut it out. Remember, if anything isn't perfect, you can come back and fix it with a file.

STEP SIX: LIGHT IT UP!

Using the propane torch, I burned the would-be red stripes a lot. Enough for them to start to crackle and get an alligator skin texture. The white stripes simply have a light burn to bring out the grain, and the Union has a dark burn, but not enough that it crackles.

STEP SEVEN: PUT IT ALL TOGETHER

I attached a piece of 1/8" ply wood to the back of the union for the stars to show. The rest of the stripes were attached to a sheet of slightly undersized OSB (I cut out where the plywood was on the union in the OSB so that the stripes and the union would be flush). I attached it all with brad nails and glue.

STEP EIGHT: FRAME IT

For a frame, I used the scrap cut-offs from when I ripped the stripes to width. 


That's all there is too it. I did make a french cleat system to hang it with. Thanks for checking out the project and make sure to watch the project video for more info. If you make this project make sure and share it with me on social media!


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