Large cedar columns for front porch...how-to?

steph0509July 27, 2013

We are nearing the end of our build and decided to tackle the porch columns and railings ourselves. We're wanting to do those nice stained columns (about 8x8). We've heard that most people use 6x6s and wrap in 1x8s. Someone recommended not using treated wood for the 6x6s because they will sweat once they're wrapped.

Has anyone ever done this? I'd like to know what type of joint is used in wrapping. Do you use the anchor brackets on the 6x6 so it's not visible?

Any resources you have is much appreciated!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
GypsyWaterfowl

I don't know about the technical aspects of properly wrapping a porch column, or whether to use treated wood.

However, before wrapping a porch column with real wood, I would be thinking about how to put a durable finish on the wood. My neighbor spent a small fortune having a custom wood garage door made. The door looked gorgeous for about a year, and then the finish began to fail. After three years, the garage door looked like crap (faded & peeling).

Also, I would consider a vinyl or PVC wrap, if I could find one in a wood-look material that looks good.

Some manufacturers (e.g. Georgia Pacific & CertainTeed) make nice synthetic wood-look sidings, but I don't know whether they make similar wood-look materials for wrapping columns.

This post was edited by GypsyWaterfowl on Sat, Jul 27, 13 at 22:55

    Bookmark   July 27, 2013 at 10:53PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
millworkman

Look into square fiberglass columns as well.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2013 at 8:43AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Gemini Restore-A-Deck vs Woodrich Cleaner/Brightener
It's been awhile for me on this forum but I remember...
mike13
to ipe or not to ipe?
Folks - I'm planning to redo my front porch and would...
tim_spivak
Can you please help educate me on this type of deck I want to build?
Background, I got a quote from a contractor on a second...
happyallison
removing deck stain from vinyl siding
Greeting GW: I just re-stained my deck with BEHR PREMIUM...
thew60
What is the best composite?
I have been reading this forum for awhile as we are...
martina_21
Sponsored Products
Designers Fountain Wall Mounted Naples Aged Venetian Walnut Lantern Outdoor
Home Depot
Maison de Ville Collection 11" Wide Mini Chandelier
Lamps Plus
Robert Abbey Delta Egg Blue 22 1/2" High Table Lamp
Lamps Plus
Shower Tower Panel System with Body Sprays
Hudson Reed
American Drew Grand Isle Round Dining Table - ADL4258
Hayneedle
Decorative Cast Aluminum Post
$649.00 | FRONTGATE
Olde Bronze Large Foyer Pendant 3-Light
PLFixtures
Martique One Light Sconce In Chrome And Silver Leaf
$118.00 | Bellacor
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™