04:13PM | 07/31/02
Member Since: 07/12/02
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I would like to add wood columns under the center beam of my vaulted ceiling, like a colonnade [decorative only...not support].

I'd like to build square wood columns which would be 9 ft tall...anyone ever done this or have any suggestions or plans on how to build wooden columns....mine would be painted so the wood would likely be poplar which is readily available through the local mill at good prices.

Mark Hammond

03:58PM | 08/02/02
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts
I have built columns before for exterior use. The glue was most important then because of the moisture but not as critical on ther inside. A good carpenters glue should do fine. If the column will be decorative only and painted then you can use all the same width boards. Have them chase each other around the column , do not put two baords between two others or you will get a rectangular column not square. If that sounds more confusing then it is, e-mail me at the site and I'll draw you a picture. Finish nails should be set and then covered with putty so they won't show. Poplar is a wonderful choice for the column. Very stable.


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