- Making Your Own Quality Flagpoles
Making Your Own Quality Flagpoles
“Making Your Own Quality Flagpoles”
“At higher speeds, inexpensive, sectional, swivel or telescoping poles can be damaged and dangerous to other riders or damage your bike.”
Quality Custom Flagpoles, Toppers and Hardware:
Although Patriot Mounts LLC does not sell flagpoles, toppers or connecting hardware, we have done extensive research for our customers who choose to make their own custom poles for their Patriot Mounts.
We Advise: Reading the entire building instructions and gathering the few tools and materials you will need BEFORE you begin construction of your flag pole is advised so that no steps are missed and the pole performs properly.
Depending on what large flag or flags you will be flying 2½' x 4’ or 3’ x 5’, you can purchase quality dowel wood rods from http://www.bairdbrothers.com (Click-Moldings then Click-Hardwood Dowel Rods). We recommend 7’ foot - 1” OD (Outside diameter) hickory dowels for these larger flags at our stated maximum speed, and removing about 9” off the bottom "after" the pole has been stained, varnished and measured to the height of your individual bike. This will ensure that neither flag left nor right side will touch the ground while the bike is stopped or on the kickstand (see tip below about cutting). Spend time searching the net if you like but we have already done this work and Baird Brothers is the only company in the country we found that had the proper product
Pole Alternative: Home Depot
Although we recommend the materials above because they have gone through extensive road testing. Home Depot does carry an Oak Closet dowel pole that should be acceptable. It is located in a different part of the store than lumber. You would also need to sand down the top of this pole to a rounded shape before staining and varnishing or leave the end flat. Toppers are not available for this size dowel. The only advantage here is there is no shipping but the disadvantage is that there is no topper available unless you can have the pole end reduced to 1".
Home Depot Brand: EVERBUILT
Lowe's: Lowe's carries a similar pole but it's only in "Poplar" which is not near as strong and not recommended.
Tip: There are a few harder woods than hickory but because of its growth structure it allows proper flexibility and strength for this application.
Tip: Do the drilling for the hardware before staining or varnishing. Drilling flagpole holes: Measure from the end you decide will be the top of your flagpole, 3” down the pole and mark with a black Sharpie “Dot”. At the center of that “Dot”, measure down the pole 38 and 3/4” and make a second black Sharpie “Dot”. Make sure they are inline with each other on the pole. Secure the pole so that it will not turn as you perform the punching and drilling steps. Using a punch, at the marked “Dots” use a hammer to punch the “Dots” by striking the punch once or twice. This will keep your drill from slipping off the pole as you drill. Again, making sure the pole is secure and using a ¼” drill bit, slowly “drill straight” all the way through the center at the punch marks. It’s very important that this drilled hole is centered through the pole. (Do not wallow the drill hole.) Repeat this procedure on the second marked point making sure the holes are inline and centered. Hand sand the holes & the whole pole removing any splinters or rough areas using 400-800 grit sandpaper. Wipe the pole with a damp cloth to remove dust. Stain and allow to dry. We then use small picture hanger size pointed eyelets at the top of the pole (You may need to use an ice pick to center and get these eyelets started as the hickory is very hard.) and wire to hang the pole from some structure in the garage. Start the varnishing procedure. We hung our pole from the wood frame of the pull-down attic stairway using a small nail around which we could wrap the wire.
Tip: Make measurements for your specific bike (BEFORE) cutting the pole. Cutting any extra length off the pole should be the LAST part of the build with your Patriot Mount on the bike and your flag on the pole as a guide.
If you plan to always fly a 2½’ x 4’ flag, the 6’ hickory dowel may do depending on your bikes height.
The Brass Acorn Toppers:
The 1” ID (Inside diameter) solid brass acorn toppers we use can be purchased at http://www.ameritexflags.com (On their Home page, under "Popular Brands" click-"Elder Flag Manufacturing". 1st item on page, Item #050522 $9.00 ea). Attaching the toppers after staining, varnishing and drying can be accomplished simply by pushing the acorn topper on to the 1" pole top. Make sure it's the correct end, the acorn topper has cleats inside the topper so it won't come off. Should you ever need to replace it, it will take some elbow grease. Be careful bumping the topper on the floor or hard surface, it will dent!
The Pole Hardware for attaching the flag: On a 1” OD (Outside diameter) hickory pole, we use 2 (nut-end eye bolts) ¼” x 2-1/2” to attach the flag to the pole. We also use hard plastic carabiner clips to attach the flag to the eyelets, and drill the holes a little farther apart on the poles so that the flag is pulled taut when the flag is attached to the pole eyelets. Use your choice of washers and nuts from your hardware store to secure and space the eyelets to the pole. Home Depot has a new chrome section if you would like to really dress it up. (We have listed the quantity and part numbers below for your convenience.)
Actual size...2" x 1" x 6/32" thick.
You can also find other small designs at almost any hardware or Walmart. These links are useful because you may find, as we did, that all 3’x5’ flags are NOT exactly 3’x5’ and if you custom make your poles, as we do, you may have to attach the flag to the pole eyelets by adding an additional clip, depending on the flag maker.
|Qty. per pole||Item||Brand||Size||Part #|
|2||Eye Bolt||Everbuilt||1/4" x 2-1/2"||626-223|
|2||Chrome Acorn Nuts||Everbuilt||1/4" x 20||381-742|
|4||Banded Sealing Washer||Everbuilt||1/4"||597-702|
|2||Flat Washer - Zinc||Everbuilt||6mm||595-335|
|2||Quick Link - Attach Flag||Everbuilt||3/16"||436-526|
|2||Eye Bolt||Hillman||1/4" x 2-1/2"||422416|
|2||Stainless Steel Acorn Nuts||Hillman||1/4" x 20||16438|
|4||Banded Sealing Washers||Hillman||1/4"||59191|
|2||Flat Washer - Zinc||Hillman||6mm||138075|
|2||Quick Link - Attach Flag||Blue Hawk||3/16"||0348555|
400-800 grit sandpaper before staining.
Stain – Varathane wood stain – color - Golden Mahogany.
Spar Urethane Varnish – Helmsman “Indoor/Outdoor” Clear Satin.
“0000” steel wool between coats – wipe w/damp cloth.
Varnish and once completely dry, steel wool, wipe & add 2nd coat.
Other brand names of varnish and stain can be used. I got mine at Home Depot.
Tip: We usually let the pole dry a few days after the 2nd coat of varnish to allow the varnish to completely dry and harden. Always varnish from the top, down.
Order of build:
- Purchase correct pole length
- Purchase correct hardware, stain, varnish, sand paper, steel wool
- Purchase toppers
- Sand poles, Drill ¼” inch holes “BEFORE” you stain! with old cloth
- Steel wool, damp wipe, varnish – 1st coat
- Steel wool, damp wipe, varnish – 2nd coat
- Install hardware, quick links, flag
- Cut any unneeded length of pole off bottom using mount installed on bike and bike on kickstand
- Hacksaw works best for this cut as not to splinter wood
- Ameritex Flag and Flagpole LLC Owner - USAF Bill Singleton
Important Note about Flags: "You get what you pay for" When ever possible, buy the best flag you can afford. Ameritex offers a U.S. Poly-Max outdoor flag that is 2-ply, white poly-cotton header, re-enforced stitching, durable at higher speeds, and holds it's color longer when taken care of properly. In a few words, "It Lasts Longer."
Just call us if you have any questions!
|210-854-1430 - Cell||USA & International|
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Important Safety Warnings
Warning: On days that the wind is consistently high, gusting or unpredictable, Patriot Mounts LLC unequivocally advises NOT to fly our or any other large flag system from your bike or trike. These conditions would be dangerous to the rider. Patriot Mounts LLC cannot and will not assume any responsibility for damages of any kind, injury or death. The rider understands that they assume all responsibility when operating a motorized vehicle when Patriot Mount LLC products are in use. Read additional safety warnings on our "Features, Benefits and Safety Warnings" page.
Damage Warning: If you build your own quality flag pole or use another, it's important to note that driving into a garage or other structures with your flag poles in their mounts could be taller than the opening of that structure and could cause damage to the newly built pole, mount, motorcycle or the structure itself. Always remember to install your flag poles ONLY after you have your bike or trike OUTSIDE the structure! And remove the poles when returning home from the ride BEFORE riding the bike or trike back into the structure!