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I have searched through the Millwork items that include columns in the Library Browser and determined that none will suit my needs, so I need to create a custom column shape. What tool would be the best to use?
A molding polyline is a profile shape that is extruded along a polyline path. The profile shape can be one that you have drawn, or it can be one that was included with the Chief Architect library. As their name suggests, molding polylines are great for adding moldings to a room, but the tool is versatile enough to be used for so much more.
Custom columns can easily be made by creating a molding profile and extruding the profile along a closed shape. Use the CAD tools to create a custom molding profile that is the actual height of the column you wish to create and half the width minus 1/2" (the molding will be extruded around a 1" square or circle). See the "Creating and Editing Molding Profiles" article in the Related Articles section for more information on creating a custom molding profile and adding it to your library.
For this example the following molding profile shape is used:
Using a CAD circle instead of a square will result in a round column.
Tapered columns can also be made by using a custom molding profile such as the following: