Building wooden columns for your living room adds a traditional faux-architectural element that can help focus your room's decor. Furthermore, this is a great, inexpensive do-it-yourself project that is not hard to complete. Follow some simple instructions that will change the appearance of your living room
Step 1: Sketch it Out
Draw up a diagram that includes all the dimensions for your desired columns including any extra design that requires decorative trim or molding. You can design a specific capital for the column that may be uniquely yours. The capital is the top feature of the capital shaft. Also, determine the style of the column keeping in mind that narrow structures convey delicate and graceful attributes whereas wide column shafts can denote strength and authority. Choose which type you wish to display with this emotional design attribute in mind.
Step 2: Obtain Materials
If you aren’t an expert miller, or if you do not want a simple shaped column, you will need to have a column shaft custom milled. Make sure the shaft is free from knots, blemishes and other irregular spots or marks. Make sure to acquire the necessary wood to construct the base or apply trim and decorative molding.
Step 3: Build the Base
If building your own base, choose a square design where you can construct a box-like shape. Attach the box to the column shaft by inserting a bolt into the bottom of the shaft. Drill a hole in the box-like base and attach it to the column by securing it with a washer and nut. Depending on the width of the column, you may need to use an additional bolt to secure the base properly.
Step 4: Build the Capital
Build a smaller box-like structure to secure to the top of the column shaft. This is called the capital. It should be secured just like you did the base by inserting a bolt in the top of the shaft, drilling a hole in the capital and then securing the two together with a washer and nut. Make sure the washer and nut area are recessed in the top of the capital and can be easily hidden by decorative plug. In fact, before attaching the capital you could add decorative touches such as circular wood plating between the capital and shaft or other decorative accents such as molding or trim.
Step 5: Paint and Finish
Stain or paint the column with the color of your choice. Makes sure to allow sufficient drying time before applying a second coat. Complete the project by applying a protective varnish coat or other sealant.
Makes sure never to place the column on an uneven surface. Keep in mind the function for a column is purely decorative so never attempt to use it as a substitute table.