Sabbatical–Flagpole Project Plan

Here are some thoughts on my flagpole project. This is how I see the project going.

To start, I know there are a few things I need to get done:

  • Clean out stones and set new base
  • Build base
  • build sawhorses to hold pole
  • buy raw materials
  • measure space to work
  • build flagpole
  • finish (paint) flagpole
  • order metal supplies for the flag
  • get new flag

That’s the rough list of things, but obviously this doesn’t really give me the plan or order of things. Realistically, I’m looking at something more like this:

  • measure space to work
  • build sawhorses to hold pole
  • buy raw materials
  • build flagpole
  • Build base
  • Clean out stones and set new base
  • order metal supplies for the flag
  • finish (paint) flagpole
  • get new flag

This is a more likely order, though I can do some things like ordering parts while I’m doing others. I’ll also fit the base cleaning time in the middle of the building.

How about timing?

Obviously I need to lay out some times here. I’ve allotted myself 6 weeks to do all this, though I may end up with some prep ahead of time.

  • measure space to work – 1 day, May
  • build sawhorses to hold pole – 2 days – May
  • buy raw materials – 1 day – May
  • build flagpole – June, 2 weeks
  • Build base – June 1 – week
  • Clean out stones and set new base – 1 week, June
  • order metal supplies for the flag
  • finish (paint) flagpole – 1 week – July
  • get new flag

That’s the rough plan. I’ll prep the last few weekends in May, getting sawhorses ready and things laid out in the front yard. I’ll also get the raw materials ready, I think. That could wait until June 1 or 2, but we’ll see. I may stage things a bit.

I do also need to order more clamps, after watching the show. It’s also an excuse for me to get a plate joiner, but I’ll do that and get biscuits. I’ve been wanting to try that for a long time.

That’s a rough plan, enough to get me started, though I’m sure I’ll need to rough out more details over time.

For now, I’m looking to get some materials to build these: Knockdown Sawhorses

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