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#1 posted 01-24-2011 08:11 PM

If you want to make a laminated beam you will need to first resurface all faces that will be glued so the glue will work the best. I read at one time but can’t remember the exact reason why but wood left to open air will tend to hold glue less strongly than a fresh surface; also, the surfaces need to be flat and true. Clamping is necessary. And as Childress said a laminated beam can indeed be stronger and even more reliable than a solid wood beam as you won’t need to worry so much about future warpage and cracking; the glue holds it all together. While it will be somewhat of a task, it will also be much cheaper; big wood carries a big price. Lastly, look for kiln dried wood, it will be much better than the typical green lumber.

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