Standard Sizes for Tapered Craftsman Columns

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Craftsman Column Standard Sizes for Tapered Panels

Standard heights available for tapered columns are 4’, 5’, 6’, 8’ and 10’. Custom sizes may be requested, up to 24’ in height, and up to 48” in width.

Shaft heights for standard columns will be 1/2” less than the nominal height (see diagram, dimension “A”.) For example, a 5’ high column will ship with a shaft that is 4’-11 1/2” tall. If the installation does not use the 1” base platform or 1” cap platform, the column can still achieve the full 5’ stated height, since the cap molding can cover the 1/2” gap at the top. (At least 1/4” gap is required at the top on all installations to compensate for product thermal expansion.)

Net widths of shafts will be 3/8” less than nominal. Custom tapers may be requested by specifying the bottom width and top width of the shaft. Cap and base trim and platforms will be adjusted as needed for the revised shaft width.

See the cap and base specifications page for available cap/base styles.

Dimensions for Tapered PVC Column Wraps

Standard cap and base for non-tapered craftsman columns

Shaft Dimensions
  Bottom Top
  Outside Width (B) Inside Width (C) Outside Width (E) Inside Width (D)
10" 9-5/8" 8-3/8" 5-5/8" 4-3/8"
12" 11-5/8" 10-3/8" 7-5/8" 6-3/8"
16" 15-5/8" 14-3/8" 11-5/8" 10-3/8"
20" 19-5/8" 18-3/8" 13-5/8" 12-3/8"
24" 23-5/8" 22-3/8" 15-5/8" 14-3/8"


Nominal Width Panel Dimensions
  From Bottom of Shaft (F) From Top of Shaft (G) From Side of Shaft (I) Width of Routed Channel (H)
10" 10-1/2" 2-1/2" 1-1/4" 3/4"
12" 10-1/2" 2-1/2" 1-1/2" 1-1/4"
16" 10-1/2" 2-1/2" 1-1/2" 1-1/4"
20" 10-1/2" 2-1/2" 1-1/2" 1-1/4"
24" 10-1/2" 2-1/2" 1-1/2" 1-1/4"

Note: If our standard sizes aren’t a perfect fit, tapered Craftsman columns are available in custom sizes and configurations. We can customize panel columns so there is a flat spot for your rail in just the right place. All Craftsman products are available in the wood of your choice on special order. We do not recommend the wood option for paint grade applications, the cost is higher and the PVC holds up better outside.

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