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#1 posted 10-19-2012 02:23 AM

I like your idea and your plan to do it. Does the entire beam need to be sapele or can you put a less expensive wood in the center?

You may have a hard time getting the beams flat enough for regular glue joint. Consider using tinted epoxy which is strong, has a longer set time and will fill any gaps.

I normally see the lower mating pc to the upper cloud lift. Have you considered incorporating the mating pc below your current pc of sapele? It would basically make the base a little thicker at the post and have a air gap between the two cloud lifts.

I believe the cloud lift form is made with big radii rather that straight intersecting angles.

I noticed some beams (dark grey) that are on the inside of the house. Can you make those cloud lift too?

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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