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Making a Ceiling Beam

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Blog series by ~Julie~ updated 04-17-2014 03:01 PM 2 parts 4097 reads 11 comments total

Part 1: Planning and Getting Started

04-15-2014 11:37 PM by ~Julie~ | 6 comments »

Our basement needed new paint and flooring and a few minor renovations. In our large “living room” or “rec room” I wanted to put up a beam with lights in it. Here is what I was dealing with:(Right side below:)(Left side below:) My original plan was to put a wood beam up against the bulkhead (lower) portion that contains some ducting. Because of the two vents in the ceiling, I realized that would be impossible without a lot of tearing out, so I decided to put the ...

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Part 2: Installing the Beam

04-17-2014 03:01 PM by ~Julie~ | 5 comments »

As I said previously my beam is made like this, with the bottom piece having tongues on each edge which sit in grooves in the side pieces. So the next thing I did was put grooves in all the side pieces and made rabbets on the bottom pieces, which left the tongues to go into the grooves. The next job was to stain all the pieces: I glued just one side piece to the bottom piece, this would allow me (actually my husband) to wire up the lights easier than trying to do it with a completed bea...

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