I have to create boxed beams from yellow pine and make them look like hand hewn beams. Does anyone have any suggestions?
(Architectural Woodworking Forum)
From contributor F:
I have thought of doing this before and came to the conclusion that I would have to miter the long edges of the boards to avoid having it look the three individual boards. Someone could really get carried away and look at the grain on a real beam of that species and then select boards with the appropriate grain type for the sides and also the bottom of the faux beam.
I fabricate box beams from 1" boards we saw from antique beam face and use a miter joint to make it look like one solid beam. We also take new green cut lumber in 8/4 or 12/4 thickness and use an adze to hewn a 1/2" or so off the top, if the adze is of good quality and kept sharp it works well and goes fast.
This is done on both sides and then we re-saw the plank in half, to 6/4 or 5/4 thick then kiln dry it in our kiln. From there we miter the slabs and make a box beam. Its a lot of work, but it looks good in hard to find woods like cherry and walnut, which are hard to find in real antique material. Also, we can make any length or width within reason, which is hard to find in real antique beams.