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Forum topic by giantmidget posted 11-11-2015 09:07 PM 362 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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giantmidget

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11-11-2015 09:07 PM

I am ready to attach 50 small wooden stars to my wooden flag. I am unsure which of 4 ways to go:

1 – Put a small nail through each one (not preferred, only have a few extra stars and cracked a couple testing)
2 – Wood glue each one
3 – Hot glue gun each one
4 – Anything else you may have tried

Any help is appreciated, I just don’t want to glue 50 stars on only to find out they do not hold over the long haul.

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-- I go to 11 - Rob D - North Carolina


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#1 posted 11-11-2015 11:06 PM

I wouldn’t nail them, cause they’ll crack and you’ll have to cut more. I don’t think hot glue will hold up over time either. I would use some sort of quick set epoxy that way you don’t have to clamp them down as you go. Epoxy, hold it in place for 30 secs, then move on to the next one.

-- Derrick, Florida, DP Woodwerks

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#2 posted 11-11-2015 11:07 PM

Looks good btw

-- Derrick, Florida, DP Woodwerks

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#3 posted 11-11-2015 11:16 PM

Make a template (use something that resists glue) that’s thinner than the stars so they drop into cutouts. Place the template in the right place, apply glue to the back of the stars, then put the stars into the cutouts. Finish by setting a thick caul (maybe a lamination of three pieces of 3/4” mdf) over the top of everything and clamp down. That takes care of alignment and allows for the use of conventional wood glue.

A good super glue like Nexabond or Hot Stuff would work too but if it takes 30 seconds per star that’s almost half an hour just holding parts in place. There’s also a big risk of things getting out of position.

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#4 posted 11-11-2015 11:27 PM

Thanks for the replies, I alternated cedar and pine to make the stripes, then stained the place for the stars to make it darker. I will let you guys know what I go with.

-- I go to 11 - Rob D - North Carolina

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