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#1 posted 10-19-2012 02:18 AM

Unless your roof structure is cantilever trusses bearing in the wall of the house, you have rafters bearing on this beam. You need an engineer’s design here. In 36 years of design/supply in this field I’ve never seen a structural component like your proposed design. Also, design properties of exotic woods like sapele will not be commonly known to your engineer or public building officials. You might want to consider wrapping an engineered beam (such as lvl) with sapele. Good luck with it!

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