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This is a column base i turned on a friends lathe out of mahogany.
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Bob A in NJ
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#1 posted 06-17-2007 04:28 AM
Nice project. Can you give some details on how it’s constructed? Are you making the column also?
Great craftsmanship. Thanks
-- Bob A in NJ
#2 posted 06-17-2007 04:42 AM
Bob, The base is in 4 seperate layers all turned on the lathe seperately. I think i used screws at the miter joints in each layer till the glue dried then backed em out before turning. Nahhh i dont have to do the column. Just replacing a rotted base. Automatic lawn sprinklers nowadays are like a woodworkers best friend!
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#3 posted 06-17-2007 06:07 AM
Just wondering why you turned them all separately. Not having done any laminated turnings, I’m sure there is a reason. The base looks great. I have to agree with the lawn sprinkler comment. My neighbor when through an awful lot of trouble with his columns last year to just water them everyday this year.
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#4 posted 06-17-2007 01:29 PM
Nicely turned. I would have thought that you would have used Cypress or Poplar, if it is going to be painted. Why Mahogany? Is it resistant to rot?
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#5 posted 06-17-2007 02:40 PM
Osconer, i dont think i’ve ever seen mahogany rot. I recently had to replace a rotted oak sill on a guys door unit. The sill was mistakenly installed so that it was laying in a damp trough 24/7. The amazing thing was the mahogany jambs that fit into the rotted sills dadoes still had krisp, sharp edges and hadnt been phased at all. Mahogany has to rank way up there for exterior applications.
Which reminds me of a young kid i had helping me a couple years ago. He couldnt figure out why some woods held up better than others outside. His comment was “what kind of tree doesnt do well for outdoor purposes….dont they all live outdoors? lol. One of them out of the mouths of babes moments! hehe
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#6 posted 06-17-2007 03:39 PM
Nice job miles. Looks very nice, will look good at the bottom of a column. jockmike
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#7 posted 06-17-2007 04:10 PM
Cool. Can you add a picture of it installed when you get to that point? Thanks.
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#8 posted 06-17-2007 05:31 PM
Looks great. They use Mahogany on boats a lot because it holds up well under extreme conditions.
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#9 posted 06-17-2007 06:12 PM
Very good job. I did some last summer but I could not turn them because the columns were 3 feet in diameter. I had to build all the segments on the shaper. They were for a 80 year old Post Office in Franklin, LA.
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#10 posted 06-18-2007 01:11 AM
Excellent! Mahogany will be very durable in a moist environment.
#11 posted 06-18-2007 01:33 AM
Wayne, This was a project i did maybe a year and a half ago. I believe the general contractor installed it though.
Bill, I did 6 of em that were about that big on the shaper. Also had to build about 20” of the column to go on top of em. I think i made a moulding to go around where it tied into the existing columns. Unfortunately i dont have any pictures of them. One of the biggest problems with columns rotting is when their vent holes get covered up so air cant flow through them.
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