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    Column Caps and Bases

    Hi. I am remodeling back porch. I have 6 8"x8" cast columns. The caps and bases were Tuscan, made of foam. See pics. The are 8" inside at attachment point,and 10-11" at base of base, and top of the cap. Looks like about $260-$300 to replace with PVC. Some risk involved with sizing. HB&G Columns is helping me (via Home Depot).

    My question is can I make these cheaper? Has anybody done this? Is it too much of a pain?Do you think I can find COTS parts at lumber store and build?

    OR, do you have a source for prefab I can directly order? (dealing with special order at Big Box no fun)
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    Last edited by Mike OMelia; 08-10-2018 at 5:02 PM.

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    Unless your house is a shrine of local history ,I would make or buy something more thoughtfully designed. My guess is those were done by a workman with no design idea beyond using easily obtained stuff. Look on line for both complete bases and individual components. If you buy something stock made of a wood not really durable you can treat them with
    copper naphthalate before painting them.

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    Not a shrine. Just looking for ideas. How to build them up from available stock

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    Let us know what machines and tools you have. And one of the turners here might make them.
    Oops I just cleverly discerned that they are not round. I'm sorry
    Last edited by Mel Fulks; 08-10-2018 at 8:14 PM.

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    Might want to look at Architectural depot as a source.....

    [edit] or outwater plastics.
    Last edited by Paul F Franklin; 08-10-2018 at 7:15 PM.

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    Full shop. Pretty much everything but a lathe. Donít need for acoustic guitar building

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul F Franklin View Post
    Might want to look at Architectural depot as a source.....


    [edit] or outwater plastics.
    Thank u, will look

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    If your area has a lot of older houses with the same column base design it's possible that a local millwork shop has it in stock for rehabs.

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