|Project by Mainiac Matt||posted 155 days ago||981 views||1 time favorited||16 comments|
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!