Basement Columns

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Project by ytsejamr posted 07-26-2008 02:52 AM 8749 views 16 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my second “official” woodworking project. The last step in finishing my basement/workshop. I used these as practice for furniture making.

These columns are walnut and maple ply.

I made all of the moldings including the crown. It was quite a challenge using a router table, but I made a tall fence and had lots of feather boards. I’ll buy a shaper before I ever do crown again, but it wasn’t all that bad since these were short boards.

That’s about it. Just a coat of danish oil, then multiple coats of wipe on poly.

More in progress pictures can be seen towards the end of my basement refinishing gallery here:

*edit: Just realized I could add pictures in the description:

Here’s my Sketchup plan:

Column Sketchup plan

And a before shot:

Column before

And how about an in progress shot:

In progress

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#1 posted 07-26-2008 02:56 AM

Very nice. They look like furniture.

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#2 posted 07-26-2008 03:28 AM


You say these are in your workshop?

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#3 posted 07-26-2008 04:17 AM

Beautiful columns. I think you definitely have enough practice. I can’t wait to see some furniture. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 07-26-2008 05:43 AM

Those are sweeeet. My garage…I mean…my workshop is very jealous.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#5 posted 07-26-2008 06:18 AM

Very nicely done. Beautiful job. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 07-26-2008 07:11 AM

That’s not a basement; that’s a ”lower level.” Those look fabulous!

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#7 posted 07-26-2008 10:05 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#8 posted 07-27-2008 11:01 PM

WOW…you say this is your workshop ? ! Very impressive to say the least : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 07-27-2008 11:02 PM

looks great

-- making sawdust....

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#10 posted 07-29-2008 03:49 AM

.. and I find another awesome example of something that I’m sure I’ll “borrow” for my own basement

question – given that your shop is part of the house (not stuck in the garage) how are you keeping the dust down? Looking for ideas .. figure if it’s good enough for the living space portion of a house it’s gotta be more than fine for a garage

-- Dan M, SW Suburbs, Chicago IL

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#11 posted 07-29-2008 05:06 AM

The contrast between the trim and columns is awesome! Outstanding workmanship!

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#12 posted 07-29-2008 06:47 AM

Very nice looking columns!

-- I never started a project I couldn't screw up.

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#13 posted 07-29-2008 05:40 PM

“question – given that your shop is part of the house (not stuck in the garage) how are you keeping the dust down?”

The shop part is sealed off from where the furnace is. I have two doors that lead to the side of the basement where the furnace is. I put weather seal around the door casing and sweeps on the bottom of the doors. My basement is a walk out, so I also have a couple fans going when I’m doing work. I have a small dust collector that can be hooked to one tool at a time. My next tool is going to be a large dust collector.

So far I haven’t noticed too much dust making it to the upstairs. I’m also been replacing my furnace filter more frequently than I have in the past.

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#14 posted 11-03-2008 02:36 AM

Pretty sweet trim job man!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#15 posted 12-10-2008 07:56 AM

Those look terrific.
Can I ask about the interior molding? Is that a separate ogee molding with 3/4 inch depth you added after the glue-up?


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