Hey everyone, looking for a little help or ideas.
I’ve recently started making a few flags, first I made one for myself, then family for xmas. Now coworkers and family friends want to buy them! So I’m thinking awesome!
Well my first few flags I’ve recently saw cracks forming in the wood.
Each flag is made of “quality” (blue stripe) pine from Menards. I buy 1X8X6 boards and cut them down to 1.625" for the smaller flag or 2.75" stripes for the larger flags. After that I add Kreg pocket holes on the back sides. I then burn and stain them. Put them together with reg clamps to keep the boards tight and straight. Clear coat 2-3 times. Then of course bring them inside a house after. I live in Indiana. Lately its been darn cold here. Right now its below zero and my pole barn where I keep the wood is not insulated. When I do work in the barn i have a torpedo heater which gets it to mid 50s or so pretty quick.
Well anyone have ideas of why some of the boards are cracking… I mean the flags are really not that heavy I make two sizes. 22" x 41" (about 10 pounds) and 36" x 60 (not more then 20) " I brad nail 3 or 4 braces up the back side of each flag to give it more support. The union is its own piece of wood and that is plywood.
So I’d love to make these as I enjoy it. I use my X carve to do the stars and any personalized names or whatever on the long stripe below the union but I’m scared to sell them and then have customers flags crack!!!
I’m assuming its the weather “humidity” but I can’t control that. Has anyone else ever ran into this issue. I’m using quality pine as I stated also so its not the cheapest level which is standard (red stripe) pine. There is a higher level of pine but that is Select but that is 5 times the price and not even worth selling the flags then.
So far its only happened on the bigger 36" x 60 " (3x5) flags but just worries me I don’t wanna sell something that will look bad if it cracks!
I’ve attached a few photos. The other one that is crack is darn near have a length of a long stripe now…
Thanks everyone! Happy New Year and be safe!