How to construct a 6' x 6' lampost.

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Forum topic by kevdoy posted 10-06-2009 06:14 PM 1104 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-06-2009 06:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lamp post exterior construction

I would like to make a 6 inch square post to mount an outdoor lamp to. I would plan to use cedar or redwood. I guess I could buy a 6 inch square post, rip it lengthwise and rout out a channel for the wiring, but I think a post this size would be expensive. Would it work to laminate several pieces together using exterior adhesive, or join 4 sides using beveled corners and biscuits? I am mostly concerned about the post not splitting along the seams/corners when exposed to weather.

Thanks for any thoughts.


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#1 posted 10-06-2009 07:43 PM


If it were me I’d do the lamination with 2x’s. That would not be much different that ripping a 6” post and regluing it. For an adhesive I would go with an epoxy.

-- Roger1

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#2 posted 10-06-2009 10:24 PM

I like the beveled corners approach, but instead of biscuits would use a long spline instead. You get a very clean look (ie. without the layers of laminations), and can use thinner pieces of wood. Herg1 is right about epoxy, but you could just as easily use the Titebond II or III waterproof glue-eliminates the mixing of epoxy/hardener step and is made for outdoor use.

-- Gerry

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