Tips for Cutting Round Columns

By Robert Robillard on Workshop tips

How To Cut Round Columns

Cutting columns can be a challenge, this article will give you tips for cutting round columns.  Round columns are typically smooth, the shaft is tapered and made of wood or fiberglass composite.

Round columns have a consistent diameter on the bottom 1/3 of the shaft height which allows for cutting to adjust for fit. The columns’ top 2/3’s height have a slight taper.


Tips for Cutting Round Columns

Tips for cutting round columns:

1. Use a piece of paper, cardboard, aluminum stock, luan plywood or anything that can wrap around the column. If your material does not fully wrap around the column you can make four measurement marks and connect these marks with your materials.

Wrap your flexible stock at the mark and then mark the column for your saw cut.

2. Cutting round columns can be difficult, especially if you’re alone. I use bungee cords or rope to lash the column to my sawhorses before cutting round columns.

Tips for Cutting Round Columns

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