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These are solid cypress columns we made for a local contractor. The rough lumber was delivered 12″ X 12″ X 10′. The final width was 10 1/2″ X 10 1/2″ X 99″. As such, we had to secure someone with a logging mill to bring them down to the near final thickness. They were quite heavy because of their size and the fact there there was still significant water in them (they were not sufficiently dry when we got them) We cut them to length with a combination of circular saw and chain saw. The images show our progression of bring them from square to finished turning and sanding. In the end there was significant checking due to the drying. As we turned deeper and deeper into the cypress wet wood was exposed and quickly began to dry causing the checking.





poplar rope moldings

alder rope moldings

These 4 inch wide rope moldings were made for a customer in CA.  The images are taken of the three footer and the  eight footer.  There was also a 6 footer and 4 footer.  The longer molding was made in poplar to be painted.  The shorter piece was from alder.  To make these the two halves were glued with news paper between.  After the pieces were turned and roped one simply has to use a hammer and chisel to split them with little trouble.  Presumably these will be used to apply to cabinet fronts.  Should look great.

These columns (porch posts) were popular in the US in the 18th and 19th century. The chamfered edges terminate in a “lambs tongue”.
By the way, a chamfer is a beveled edge connecting two surfaces. If the surfaces are at right angles, the chamfer will typically be symmetrical at 45 degrees (def. from wikipedia).
You can see the lamb’s tongue in the still image at the end of the video.
The chamfer and lamb’s tongue were not only commonly used on porch post but also on exposed beams.

I made these rope twisted columns for a customer in Florida. As you can see they are hollow, turned from staved hollow octagons. By the way that is my youngest son in the picture. The Youtube video has at present over 40,000 views.
The poplar columns were actually designed to be a part of a rather large bed for the customer of my customer. I would have loved to see the final project and to post it but you don’t always get want you want.

rope twisted columns

rope twisted columns

rope twisted columns

rope twisted columns

I love it that I snapped the picture right when my son had received a call.

The Youtube video follows:

Pictured below are four of a set of poplar columns we made for a customer some time back. The fluted columns are tapered to simulate the Greco – Roman columns of old. The rope twist are simply cylindrical. These are solid (though laminated) poplar. They came off quite nicely I think and would make a fine addition to any home.

Poplar Columns

Poplar Columns

The 8 inch X 8 foot fluted columns are crafted in poplar. Pictured with my youngest son, the columns went to a home in the Baton Rouge area.

Fluted Columns


Columns can make a strong design element to your home. Interior Columns like these can be used to visually separate and define spaces.

I found Google Sketchup a few years back and was impressed with the short learning curve and functionality for a free 3d design software. Did I say it was free? There is a paid version with more punch but the free version has proved to be all I need.
Below is a mantle surround I designed using Sketchup. Mantle surrounds like stairways are a fun way to create “show stoppers” for your interior spaces. There are lots of things in mantel designs that can be done to impress family and friends. This mantel surround wraps around a bump out in the wall presumably as a chase for the fireplace flue.


These columns were contracted by an architect in North Louisiana. They were to replicate the columns on an old Acadian cottage in my area (Baton Rouge). It was convenient for me to cross the Mississippi River and go there. The cottage had been restored and placed on city property as a small museum.


An image of the Acadian Cottage.

Acadian Cottage Columns

Acadian Cottage Columns

You may know from history that the Acadians were the French that were run out of Canada in the 19th century by the English. Many moved to to South Louisiana.

I made these mantel columns for a friend a few years back. He was in the middle of renovating an old house. The fireplace is actually not functioning anymore. It was originally a coal burner. He probably put books or flowers in the fireplace to decorate.

fireplace columns

fireplace columns

The columns are 6 inches X 50 inches high and are salvaged cypress (very popular in our area). They are barley twisted left and right handed. FYI cypress is often salvaged from old house and warehouses in the South.