|Project by thiel||posted 1458 days ago||2605 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
Two years ago (2007) I knocked down three walls in my house after finishing a porch that was connected to the house. For the columns left behind, I wrapped them in gumwood to match the original 1920s trim in the house. There are four columns, though only two are shown.
Finding the wood was a HUGE challenge. To this day, I don’t know that the real name of a “gum wood” tree is, and I got many opinions. It has beautiful streaky grain—very unusual. Some wood I had to recover from architectural salvage, which taught me how to use a metal detector!)
The columns are butt jointed so they can expand and contract. The corners are chamfered with a lambs-tongue detail where they transition back to sharp corners.
In the end, I also needed to match the color to the existing woodwork. I used stain to match the new raw wood to the color of aged wood, and then I reversed engineered the finish. Lucky for me it was simple: three coats of amber shellac. The new stuff is indistinguishable from the old.
I had to create the railing as well. I bought the top and bottom and made the spindles myself since it saved a bundle of dough.
Also, I need to patch the floor. When I did, I inlaid a strip of walnut to define the edge. Looks nice.
Lastly, I did the whole room behind the columns. I had intended just to replace the windows, but when I got into the walls I found that they were built dangerously poorly. I cut them down (leaving the roof) and reframed them, new wiring, etc. including new sheathing and siding on the outside! WAY more work than I planned.
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