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Project Description

The classic Craftsman style comes to life with a tapered porch column set atop a stone base with a copper transition. The columns were constructed in the shop, but only three sides were assembled. The three side unit was installed around the the structural post and the fourth side was added.  

 

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Stone Base
Stone bases for the columns where constructed by adhering a concrete stone to cement board that surrounds the structural support post.
Porch Column
Tapered Columns
The tapered columns are constructed using an outdoor, weather and rot resistant material called Extira.
Extira is NOT MDF (read more about Extira). The tapered columns are four sided and feature a unique inset look on each side.
Porch Column
3 Sides Glued
The columns where assembled with three sides glued together. The three-sided unit was slipped around the structural post, secured, and then the fourth side was permantly attached.
Porch Column
Looking Inside
Here's a picture of what the assembled column looks like from the bottom up. Plenty of Titebond II glue to hold it together.
Porch Column
Ready for Installation
After priming and painting the columns, they are ready for installation. The primer and paint for applied using a $100 Wagner powershot, and I was very suprised at the quality application that this gun provided. The results are smooth and even.
Porch Column
Copper Clad Transition
More Extira was used to create a transition element between the stone base and the tapered columns. The Extira was clad in copper.
Porch Column
Column Installation
The three-sided columns are fitted around the structural post and secured. The fourth side of the column was attached using biscuits, glue and clamps. The butt joints were sanded flush and painted to match the other corners of the columns.
Porch Column

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