How to Make a Flag Holder Bracket

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A homemade flagpole bracket can make it easier to display flags.
A homemade flagpole bracket can make it easier to display flags. (Image: flag image by Tomasz Cebo from Fotolia.com)

Flag holder brackets are used to display flags from the sides of buildings. The job of the bracket is to be the interface between the flagpole from which the flag is suspended and the wall to which the whole assembly is fixed. Flag holder brackets are frequently made of stamped metal, and are available from most hardware stores. A more personalized appearance and effect can be achieved by making your own flag holder bracket out of wood. This can be painted in a color or pattern of your choosing, and specifically fitted to the wall or other surface from which you intend to display your flag.

Things You'll Need

  • 1-by-4 lumber (8 inches)
  • 4-by-4 lumber (6 inches)
  • Bar clamps
  • Electric drill
  • Spade-bit drill (same diameter as flagpole; at least 6-inches long)
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper
  • 3-inch wood screws
  • 2-inch wood screws
  • Exterior paint

Mark the center of one end of the piece of 4-by-4 and clamp it in place with a vise or bar-clamps. Use the spade-bit in the electric drill to drill a hole all the way through this piece of wood, from one end to the other. You may need to complete the bore from the other end if your spade-bit isn't long enough. This is the piece that will hold the flagpole in place and will have one end mounted to the base.

Cut off the end of the holder at a 45 degree angle. This means that the flag will be displayed at an angle 45 degrees from vertical when it is inserted into the bracket and the bracket is mounted to a wall. You could cut it at a different angle if you wanted to display your flag differently, just make sure that you do not use too extreme an angle. At very low angles (measured from the vertical) there wont be much left of the holder to keep the flag stable and at very high angles (around 90 degrees) the flag could slide out.

Sand the surfaces of the holder until they are smooth.

Clamp the angle-cut end of the holder to the middle of the base board and clamp both to the work surface. Pre-drill four screw holes into the holder through the back of the base; one near each corner of the holder. The holes should be parallel to holder (i.e. at an angle to the base) so that the screws are sunk to their full depth in the holder. Screw the two pieces together using the wood screws.

Paint the flag holder bracket in the color scheme of your choosing. To install it, use 2-inch wood screws to mount it to the wall from which you want to display your flag and insert the end of the flagpole into the hole in the holder.

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