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Forum topic by richardchaos posted 12-12-2017 07:55 PM 1281 views 0 times favorited 33 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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richardchaos

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12-12-2017 07:55 PM

I have a great possible gig. There is a house just up the street with 4 huge Wooden STRUCTURAL Wooden Columns. The go up 2 stories and hold up a large roof over hang. They all have rotten BASES. Some what like the one in this pic!

They are painted. They were made out of maybe ten sections of straight lumber then milled or lathed. The are @ 2 feet across.

This tenant told me they hired some guy to strip em paint them and replace the bases, He left saying his lath con not do the job. I think he was just scared off by having to lift up the columns to insert a new base. I got it figured out BUT I do not have lathe at all…

I was thinking of making them by hand. BUT am sure they would not loo las good as turned bases.

And glues for one how to do them with out a dedicated lathe????

I do have a stand alone PC drill press

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell


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Bill White

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#1 posted 12-12-2017 08:17 PM

First, learn to spell. Text is really goofy.
Second, without a lathe…...........Nahhhhh!
Some work could be done with a router IF you can find the right bits. I did say “IF”.
Bill

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Gilley23

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#2 posted 12-12-2017 08:20 PM

Have you tried to find a local company who can do the lathe work after you glue it up?

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richardchaos

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#3 posted 12-12-2017 08:21 PM

IT’S CALLED CREATIVE WRITING! Don’t you stifle my creativity!


First, learn to spell. Text is really goofy.
Second, without a lathe…...........Nahhhhh!
Some work could be done with a router IF you can find the right bits. I did say “IF”.
Bill

- Bill White

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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DrDirt

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#4 posted 12-12-2017 10:13 PM

Suppose you can make the columns from coopered staves (like a barrel), and then work to knock the ridges down smooth, but it will not be as symmetrical as done in sections on a lathe.

I’d just buy commercial made columns.
They make great ones in fiberglass impregnated with marble.
http://meltonclassics.com/products/architectural-columns/synthetic-marble-columns/

never rot, never need repainting.
Going to be cheaper than making yourself, if you count paying yourself at least 15 dollars an hour + materials and transport.

Turning 4 large columns to be identical on the front of a house, is a huge task. I would take on the installation, not the fabrication. Even then – - 2 story columns is a 3 person job.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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Loren

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#5 posted 12-12-2017 11:16 PM

I think he just needs to replace the bases.

Just treat them like round table tops. Stack
two or more layers if necessary to get a nice
profile using common router bits.

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AlaskaGuy

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#6 posted 12-12-2017 11:29 PM

You should pass this on to someone who have the tool and knowledge to to the work.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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richardchaos

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#7 posted 12-12-2017 11:54 PM

Yes its just the bases but that has an issue all itself. To install them I have to get the weight off the columns to get to old out and the new in.

By the ay don’t feel sorry for these people they are a house full of Southern Illinois Lawyers!


I think he just needs to replace the bases.

Just treat them like round table tops. Stack
two or more layers if necessary to get a nice
profile using common router bits.

- Loren

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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TravisH

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#8 posted 12-13-2017 12:33 AM


By the ay don t feel sorry for these people they are a house full of Southern Illinois Lawyers!

- richardchaos

So if something goes wrong everything is good as all you have to worry about is a pissed off homeowners/lawyers.

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richardchaos

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#9 posted 12-13-2017 12:35 AM

TOUCHE! Travis… TOUCHE!

By the ay don t feel sorry for these people they are a house full of Southern Illinois Lawyers!

- richardchaos

So if something goes wrong everything is good as all you have to worry about is a pissed off homeowners/lawyers.

- TravisH


-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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AlaskaGuy

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#10 posted 12-13-2017 01:06 AM


TOUCHE! Travis… TOUCHE!

By the ay don t feel sorry for these people they are a house full of Southern Illinois Lawyers!

- richardchaos

So if something goes wrong everything is good as all you have to worry about is a pissed off homeowners/lawyers.

- TravisH

- richardchaos


You’re going to work for lawyers and you have no business license, contractor license, or insurance. I don’t know the rules where you live but where I’m am I wouldn’t touch that with a 10’ pole.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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Gilley23

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#11 posted 12-13-2017 01:25 AM


You re going to work for lawyers and you have no business license, contractor license, or insurance. I don t know the rules where you live but where I m am I would touch that with a 10 pole.

- AlaskaGuy

Or a two story one HAHAHA

Richard, what’s your plan to temporarily support the weight?

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Jbay

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#12 posted 12-13-2017 01:30 AM

How are the old bases connected to the columns?

If it were me,
I would concoct some sort of 2 pc slip cover that would fit over the existing bases and fit tight to the columns

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AlaskaGuy

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#13 posted 12-13-2017 01:32 AM


You re going to work for lawyers and you have no business license, contractor license, or insurance. I don t know the rules where you live but where I m am I would touch that with a 10 pole.

- AlaskaGuy

Or a two story one HAHAHA

Richard, what s your plan to temporarily support the weight?

- Gilley23


I edited my other post to “wouldn’t touch”

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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richardchaos

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#14 posted 12-13-2017 01:35 AM

Haven’t planned that far ahead. Like the U.S. Government

You re going to work for lawyers and you have no business license, contractor license, or insurance. I don t know the rules where you live but where I m am I would touch that with a 10 pole.

- AlaskaGuy

Or a two story one HAHAHA

Richard, what s your plan to temporarily support the weight?

- Gilley23

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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richardchaos

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#15 posted 12-13-2017 01:36 AM

Far as I can tell they just sit on them


How are the old bases connected to the columns?

If it were me,
I would concoct some sort of 2 pc slip cover that would fit over the existing bases and fit tight to the columns

- jbay


-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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