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RE: How do you fake glulam?

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So you want to make a solid piece of lumber look like a glulam?  After all
the effort that the engineering wood product industry has made over the
years to make their products look more like natural wood and thus raise
their acceptance with architects and the furniture industry, their hearts
must well up with pride at a request like that.  The easiest thing might be
to laminate the beam.  With sufficient craftmanship, you could probably use
wood flooring (natural or pergo) to make the beam look like a glulam (lots
of long strips running along the beam).  If you want to stick with the
natural look, you could try stripping the beam of its stain and redoing it.
If it hasn't penetrated too far, moderate sanding/scraping could do the
trick.  That would be much easier.  It wouldn't look like a glulam, though.


Paul Crocker


-----Original Message-----
From: Kipp.A.Martin(--nospam--at)us.mw.com [mailto:Kipp.A.Martin(--nospam--at)us.mw.com]
Sent: Thursday, September 14, 2000 7:30 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: How do you fake glulam?




My house was built in the late 70's and much of the interior trim and
moulding
is rather dark.  Our living room has a vaulted ceiling with an exposed 6x12
ridge beam.  The beam has been stained a dark brown.  We are updating the
colors
in the house by painting or replacing all the dark trim with white.  My wife
wants to make that 6x12 rideg beam look like a glulam beam (i.e. visible
laminations, varnished natural color).  Does anyone know of a method to do
this
other than replacing the beam?  I would like something that I could do my
self,
if possible.

--Kipp A. Martin, P. E.
  Portland, Oregon



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