Wood beams can add a lot of charm to many a home. If your home could use wood beams to dress it up, but you feel they are to expensive, think Do It Yourself!
Using some standard lumber you can build “fake” wood beams that look like the real thing. They can even be made to look old and rustic.
Instead of spending hundreds of dollars per beam for faux beams, why not build your own!
Jenna Sue tells us why she decided to build her own.
“Wood beams were high on my wish list when we were house hunting. They’re actually pretty common in this area, and I was able to look past the lack of them in this house knowing I could build my own. This is one of those huge bang for your buck projects.
When I searched for faux wood beams online, I found so many awesome options and styles from all over.
The only problem? They were over $400 each! The sizes I needed would have run me nearly $1200. And I’d still have to install them myself and wait 6-8 weeks for delivery. Um, no thanks. Time to DIY.
Let’s get the basics out of the way—tools you’ll need for this project:
Lumber (I used the cheap whitewood from Lowe’s in 1x4x10s, 1x6x10s, and a 1×8 we had to rip down—but you’ll only need two sizes for the top/bottom and sides)
Nail gun and nails (finishing nails work)
Saw to cut your boards to length
Drill & long screws
Wood stain of your choice
Beam straps (if you have seams, or if you just like the look—read on for more info)
Not necessary but helpful:
Wood glue or liquid nails
The size can be whatever you’d like, but I went with 1×6″ boards for the sides and 1×4″s for the top and bottom. For reassurance, I checked online and found this tutorial which is exactly what I had expected.”
The beams look awesome.
Over on her blog jennasuedesign.com She goes thru all the steps they took to get this project done.
These projects will not only save you money, but they allow you to add more features and, ultimately, greater precision and more versatility to the machines in your shop. And let's face it: Having a shop outfitted with machines that you built yourself is just cool.
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