How to Build Indoor Flag Stands

Written by ruth o'neil
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If you work at a school, church or government office, you encounter many opportunities to display or recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag. While flags are easy to keep handy on outdoor flagpoles, indoor displays can present challenges. You can make a very simple flag stand that is suitable for the indoors. This stand takes very little work and you can make as many as you need---especially useful if you display your state or organisation's flag along with the national banner.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 12-inch round log
  • Chainsaw
  • Sander
  • Measuring tape
  • Drill with an auger bit
  • Polyurethane
  • Paintbrush

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  1. 1

    Saw a 12-inch round log into a 10-inch slice for a rustic looking flag stand. Cut as many slices as you have flags so that all your indoor flag stands will match.

  2. 2

    Examine both sides of each slice and determine which side looks the best. Sand the entire top surface of the slice of wood to make it smooth. Use a hand sander and start with a low-gird sandpaper, such as 60, and work your way up to about 80-grit.

  3. 3

    Find the exact middle of each of the slices of log by measuring horizontally and vertically. Draw a mark in the exact middle.

  4. 4

    Fit your drill with a 2 1/2 inch auger bit for a 2-inch-wide flagpole. Use a larger or smaller bit if your flagpole is a different size.

  5. 5

    Drill a hole in each of your slices of log that is 5 inches deep to make sure that your flags will not fall out of the hole.

  6. 6

    Sand around the hole to remove any rough pieces. Wipe the top of the flag stands off to remove all traces of sawdust.

  7. 7

    Brush on a coat of polyurethane using a natural bristle paintbrush. Allow the polyurethane to dry for six to eight hours, depending on the weather and manufacturer's instructions.

  8. 8

    Give the top of the flag stand a light sanding. Wipe off the top of the flag stand with a damp rag and then give it another coat of polyurethane. Allow the polyurethane to dry.

  9. 9

    Coat the flag stands with polyurethane one more time. Allow the flag stand to cure for 48 hours before using.

Tips and warnings

  • If you do not burn wood or cut down trees, but you know someone who does, give him an idea of what you need and see if he can help you.
  • You can adjust the size of your flag stands if necessary to make them a little bigger or a little smaller depending of the height of your flagpoles. Just remember that the bigger the flag stand is, the heavier it is.

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