Re: Large column issue on plantation style home
If the columns are straight, and you can make the segments individually then install them afterward, use a table saw.
You will have to build a jig and clamp it to the table saw, Basically what you are doing is creating a fence that is angled to the saw blade. The less angle, the narrower the flute will be, the more angle, the wider the flute will be. Since you are cutting with the side of the blade, you raise the blade in 1/16th incriments with each pass, hogging out the flute a little bit at a time. It will take time to get the angle set right, but once you do, the process is easy.
If you're working on tapered flutes, then you might be able to remove most of the material as stated above, and finish with either a router or hand tools.
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