If you are like me, you would want something that has more style and is a bit more substantial, in appearance, than a 4″ x 4″ porch post. Too often, I see a porch post that is a simple 4×4 that looks like a toothpick compared to the structure that it is supporting. Rather than going to the expense of a store bought column wrap product, you can build your own in a few hours.
I built this simple model using Google Sketchup. This design will give you a quick view (from any angle) of the layout. Here are the basic construction steps:
- Wrap your 4 x 4 post with 1x stock lumber. If this is going to be painted, pine is fine.
- Rip your corner pieces (stiles). You can glue and assemble prior to attaching to your post, or assemble (nail) once each piece is in place.
- Size and attach your lower and upper dividing pieces (rails) to the framework.
- Once every thing is in place, sand pieces to knock down any high spots and take out any saw marks
- Optional: Route a nice detail on the inset panel and on the outer edge of the column. If you nailed the pieces off… look out for nails.
- Fill, caulk, and paint.
I’ll have add some column design project photos to this article shortly. For now, here is the complete 3d design plan in Google Sketchup.