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Project by Mainiac Matt posted 330 days ago 1291 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I completed this project a long time ago, but after putting a coat of paint on it today, i was pleased with the way it looked and wanted to share it.

Fluted columns, plinth block and a pediment in colonial style was the goal. But the design had to account for my limited skill level and be thrifty as well. So after looking at lots of examples in the historic part of Portsmouth, NH and reviewing some nice blue prints my architect neighbor gave me, this is what I came up with.

The fluted column was cut from a 4/4×8” clear pine board on a router table with a 3/4” bullnose bit. I didn’t think I could get each flute to end at the same distance from the end of the board, so I cut them all the way through. The plinth block is 6/4 pine, with the top 3/4” stepped down to the same section size as the column, i attached molding here and this way water can’t run Dow the flutes behind the plinth.

The base of the pediment is 1” MDF, built out with 4/4 pine, with band and crown moulding applied.

All members were primed with Ben Moor’s best oil base primer on all sides before assembly. And then were originally painted with semi-gloss exterior latex. This held up pretty well, but I just finished the first TLC painting with BEHR oil based ( hot soapy water clean up ) paint and primer in one, which I really like, as it covers very well and has proven to be very durable on my barn trim.

Neighbor says its a contemporary interpretation of the Federal style… Which I think meant he likes it. :^)

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!





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JL7

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#1 posted 330 days ago

Matt – this is looking sideways, but good…..nice work…

Here’s your photos’s rotated if you want to re-post them…..

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Mainiac Matt

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#2 posted 330 days ago

Thanks Jeff,

The aspect ratio came out skinnier than I had hoped, but I wanted the light above the door and had a 9” step to allow for.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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JL7

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#3 posted 330 days ago

Bollocks Matt….it looks great, glad to see you respecting the old ways….

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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DIYaholic

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#4 posted 330 days ago

Why would a house need a pedicure???
Opps my bad, Pediment….
NEVERMIND!!!

Great job. A wonderful “addition” to the home!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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eddie

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#5 posted 330 days ago

door looks great Matt,love those lights on both sides too

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 330 days ago

Looks very nice,good job.

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StumpyNubs

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#7 posted 330 days ago

Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet.

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Sandra

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#8 posted 330 days ago

Very very nice job Matt!

You’re dog looks a little annoyed however.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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Oldtool

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#9 posted 330 days ago

Beautiful work. Fantastic door treatment.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Ken90712

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#10 posted 329 days ago

Great job and nice attention to details. We just re-did the from of our house in craftsaman style and love that look. Great post! Cute pup, we have a Chlt Lab.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#11 posted 329 days ago

Jeff, that’s very nice. Looks like a pro made it. :-)

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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JR_Dog

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#12 posted 329 days ago

Really adds a classy look to that door; your pup seems like he approves; but I can’t quite make out if there’s a slight look of contempt since there’s no integrated doggy door.

Awesome Job!

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Fishinbo

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#13 posted 327 days ago

Beautiful work! It added some charm and elegance to the door. Clean and white paint job, very pleasing to the eyes and like the cute Lab.

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cabmaker

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#14 posted 327 days ago

Very nice work my friend ! Dont take this as a personal attack but if you do this type millwork again and if architectural correctness is of interest flutes should be in odd numbers. JB

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Mainiac Matt

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#15 posted 327 days ago

if you do this type millwork again and if architectural correctness is of interest flutes should be in odd numbers

Well now it was worth getting out of bed today, because I learned something knew.

Funny how there are different “odd number” type requirements…. If you ever date a Russian girl, make sure you giver her an odd number of flowers. A dozen roses would be considered bad luck :^o

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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