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Wooden Column preferred manufacturers3/3
We are looking for some straight wooden columns and would like to know if anyone has a preferred manufacturer
10" wide 12' long
What no entasis?
I prefer to see my woodworking brethren gainfully employed, but I have seen people use PVC pipe for columns with no entasis.
Not that I recommend it.
Hey David, I enjoy seeing your set-up, which is very similar to mine.
I recently bid some columns 20" base, tapering to 18" top, and just 8' long. I planed to use Spanish Cedar. I found out from the contractor that my bid was lower than the fiberglass by a little bit, but they went with that instead of me.
I have a PM 45 like yours that I would use as the tailstock, but have a much larger lathe that I built for bowl turning that I would use to power the rotation / headstock.
Rather than a router though, I use a 6" Makita power-plane tilted at ~45º with the infeed foot removed to allow a deeper cut.
I'm curious how you powered the rotation? Did someone turn it by hand?
No entasis on these
We also want to see the woodworking folks to be employed and don't want the cheap sound of tapping on PVC on our project.
Although they are not load bearing, we would like to use wood, but since it is painted, finger joints in pine would be fine.
Keith - The rotation on the large turnings was powered by the router. Or serendipity. We started it by hand, but once the router was full in the cut, it turned the column! There was a slight 'advance angle' on the router so it did not sit at 90 degrees from the lathe axis. That seemed to be enough to get a nice 5-10 rpm that we were all comfortable with. Sanding required the addition of low-skilled labor (me) on the outboard headstock to turn a crank that turned the column.
We are in Central Indiana, but I would be happy to send you a quote if you can forward to me the details. I winced when I suggested plastic. I agree, I like the sound a gainfully employed woodworker makes when he taps on a wooden column.