A Columnar Dilemma
I really hate that post. For five years I have ignored it but, as the big push this year is finishing the south facade, something will have to be done about that 6×6 post.
Ideally, the entire LONG length of the column should be made of one solid piece of stout wood, top to bottom, and with the capital being hand-carved in place.
Well, that is so not gonna happen as the cost will ruin me.
As this is written, four columns are being made to replace four lost columns on the main porch and porte-cochère. They are being made of cedar, and are being turned on a lathe. I am beyond excited about this.
It took two years to find somebody to do this. And, while researching this, I simultaniously tried to find if the TALL column could be recreated as one solid piece of wood.
Nope. It is just too tall and nobody has a lathe that large, even if I could afford it.
In pondering this for five years, I think perhaps maybe I could install a thin steel column to support the weight of the house. Before this is installed, I could drop over the steel column:
- A square hollow base made of pressure-treated lumber.
- A hollow wood column.
- A hollow capital, cast in resin from an original capital.
This would not cost too much money. The steel column would offer unbroken structural support from top to bottom. What one would see however would be a decorative outer layer.
This way, I can correct an 1894 structural flaw, while recreating the 1894 look.
Well, these are my current thoughts.
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