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An easy one: size boards to use for columns and soffit.

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#1 of 3 Jack Ferry

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Posted January 05 2004 - 12:15 PM

I am try to keep costs down wherever I can, and I'm getting sick of buying overpriced lumber. I think I'm going to build a couple of small columns (probably a foot wide, maybe 4 or 6 inches deep) and a soffit to hide wires and add some visual appeal.

Can I use 2x2s? 1x2 furring strips? Must I use more 2x4s?

(This post probably shows my lack of construction experience, but I'm having fun and that's what counts, right?)

#2 of 3 MarkMel



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Posted January 06 2004 - 01:55 AM

You can use 2x2s since they are not structural. You wouldn't want to go smaller if you're drywalling, you want something to drive the screws in. You might want to look up some framing websites to learn the techniques and look at framing details. It's not intuitive and if you frame it right it will save you time and $. I've done some carpentry and every time I open up a non-enlightened home owner built wall/sofit, I crack up. People use some interesting techniques.
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#3 of 3 Jack Ferry

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Posted January 06 2004 - 04:32 AM

Thanks Mark. I once saw my brother-in-law put linoleum over carpet. You never know what you are going to find when you start tearing into other people's home "improvements".