An aluminum flag pole is an excellent addition to any yard or other property. It allows people to show support for their country or who they are as a person. Also, there may be times when you need a flagpole because it’s the most efficient way of flying a flag. Here’s how to make a welding project out of making an aluminum flag pole.
Welder (TIG welder preferred) Aluminum rod, at least 3 feet in length Drill Press or Hand Drill Metal File Sandpaper Wire Brush Shaping Stone (can be found at any hardware store and some craft stores) Plumbing flux Electrical Tape Safety Glasses. According to the team behind Ultimate Flags, before starting, ensure you have everything you need for this project. You would also need a welding mask or helmet, metal gloves, and at least a welding jacket. It would help if you also had an aluminum plate to act as the flux for this project.
Step One: Layout
If you use a metal file to shape your pole, begin by filing away any jagged edges. Then use electrical tape to cover any small nicks on the surface of the rod because they could be dangerous when welded. Next, lay out where you want to cut your rod and mark it with a pencil.
Step Two: Cut the Rod
To cut the rod, you first need to drill a starting hole where you want your cut. Then use a hacksaw to finish it up and create a clean line down the length of the pole. Once this is done, file away any rough edges and cover them with electrical tape.
Step Three: Shape the Pole
Use your shaping stone or a metal file to create a smooth and round edge on both sides of the flag pole. By having this shape, you improve the flow of heat when welding. It also makes it easier to add flags later on because there are no rough edges for threading them through.
Step Four: Prep the Pole for Welding
Now that the rod is cut and shaped, use your sandpaper to remove any remaining burrs on either side of the pole. Then clean it with a wire brush to get rid of any leftover grime.
Step Five: Weld It Together
Now that everything is clean and ready to go, the only thing left is to weld the rod together properly. Before you begin, use your plumber’s flux to coat the inside of both rod ends so that they stick together when you glue them. Next, attach these to your welder and begin welding.
Step Six: Polish and Paint the Pole
Now that it’s welded, all that’s left is to polish and paint your aluminum flag pole. Use sandpaper for polishing and your wire brush to eliminate any grinding residue. Afterward, use a metal primer and paint it with whatever color you prefer.
And there you have it, a simple how-to guide for making a welding project out of building an aluminum flag pole. Now you have a great-looking flagpole to fly your favorite flags and show everyone who visits your place what they mean to you.