|Forum topic by Sailor||posted 01-14-2013 04:27 AM||1847 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
01-14-2013 04:27 AM
So, I am bidding on a small job where the customer needs two columns soley for decoration and not to support anything. They are to be 12’ tall and 1 foot square with trimmed out base and top. The columns are to be smooth and just a normal square shape with no trim/flutes/designs in the sides. Just a normal square column, but 12 tall… Painted….
So I’m trying to decide the best way to construct them
1) 3/4” birch or MDF? I think birch but MDF may have an advantage and just use butt joints
2) Cut the 45’ angles on the edges (8’ edges) and try to align everything up or use MDF and cut sides 12” and 10 1/2” and just make butt joints for the corners and try to make it paint well? I could put a piece of outside corner trim on the corners going all the way up….
3) How about 1/2” birch with butt joints and outside trim moulding? I like this one for cost and simplicity reasons but may require some sort of frame structure?
3) Should there be some sort of frame sections inside the columns periodically to help them keep shape?
They are basically going to be tied into a drop ceiling and not supporting anything but their own weight. Weight is a concern, but only for ease of install.
What do you all think? It’s only 2 columns so it’s not that bad.
How would you build them?