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Pilasters With Pizzazz

November 7, 2023

In this episode of Revealed, I’ll share updates on our progress on the exterior entryway we visited on-site in our previous episode. After obtaining our measurements in the field and referencing some inspiration photos, we returned to the shop. We entered our dimensions into a program that affords us an accurate rendering of scale and proportions—to visualize what our entryway is going to look like. This process allows us to make sure that our moldings and the general scale of everything looks correct. The client loved it, and now it’s time to fabricate it in the shop.  


The two pilasters (no, I didn’t spell plasters wrong…) are almost done. Pilasters are rectangular, upright structural pieces that project out a bit from the wall and shouldn’t be confused with columns (typically round and providing structural support). Pilasters are often spaced along a building’s façade or an entryway, and as an architectural detail, they lend an air of classical grandeur. Ours are currently missing the corbels, which we will fabricate in the shop. Our intentionally crafted commitment to design is evident because we are using about five or six different molding profiles on these pilasters. Lastly, we will add lights to each side.        


Here’s why we are going with polyurethane glue on this project versus a weatherproof wood glue. Unfortunately, I have had weatherproof, waterproof wood glue fail on me. In the past, I have worked on several large, ornate church window restorations with Sapele and polyurethane glue without any issues. So, based on my personal experience, I will continue to use polyurethane glue for exterior applications like this entryway. When you find a product that works, stick with it!

It’s time to discover what Materia can intentionally craft for you! Contact us today to get started on your custom dream home. Together, we can make it happen.

—Ken DeCost

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