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Seth
How to make or buy 8 x 8 columns for a porch?

I need 8x8 wood columns about 11' long. I will be chamfering the corners but otherwise square, in order to match the originals on my historic home. I can't find them anywhere.

Home Depot stocks an 8" x 8" that is 5" x 5" and change, and even if I (and the historic committee) was willing to settle for something that terrible they only sell 10' lengths. I found one lumberyard that says they have an actual 6x6 and sell 1 inch cedar boards I could then wrap it with. Though I am doubtful 6 = 6 and 1 = 1 and am hesitant to drive out that far to find out. Also I'm a little worried about a 1" chamfer on a 1" board, but it's my best option so far.

I thought about ripping some fir 2x10s and 2x12s and making a hollow column, but I read they they might twist like crazy when I rip them.

Any suggestions?

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