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    I repurposed an old barn beam

    I put this in another thread originally but thought it deserved itís own.

    So the wife wanted a new fireplace mantel to make the living room feel more ďwarmĒ, and suggested an old barn beam.
    Challenge accepted.

    We found a barn wood reclaiming business local to us and went to their warehouse. divineheritagebarns.com

    We picked out an 11í hand-hewn (I think white oak) beam from the late 19th century that had a ton of character. Once it came home, I cut it to length and began the looooooong process of sanding to remove the sharp edges and loose chinks. I went through probably 25 pads for my orbital sander overall, ending with 200 grit.

    Wifey picked out a dark walnut colored stain and we applied that, followed by several coats of matte polycrylic.

    Once the beam was finished, it was time to attach to the wall, and of course she didnít want to have any hardware visible. To attach it, I used 5 10Ē x 1/2Ē lag bolts. I screwed them into the wall studs 4Ē, leaving 6Ē protruding, and cut off the heads. I drilled corresponding holes in the beam and then just slid the beam onto the lag posts. The friction of the posts in the holes keeps it from moving, plus itís about 100#, so itís not going anywhere.

    Wife is happy, so I am happy! I still have almost 6í of beam left so Iím going to come up with some other projects to use it up. Now for the pics! Before, during and after:



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    That is just way too cool.
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    Sweet!

    I didnít know you had some skills beyond locking up bad guys and crisis management?

    Thats very kool looks like it was hand hewn, now it will live on for many more years.
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    Awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad69 View Post
    Sweet!

    I didnít know you had some skills beyond locking up bad guys and crisis management?

    Thats very kool looks like it was hand hewn, now it will live on for many more years.
    I can do a thing or two. Sometimes. And yeah, it was hand-hewn. It has so much character. I wanted what is now the underside to be the top because of the character, but it wasnít practical because itís much more uneven than the side we chose to be the top. Itís a beautiful piece for sure.

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    My parents did this above their wood stove (minus the staining). Yours looks very sharp!
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    Nice Job
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    Being a guy who has difficulty getting two boards nailed together square, I have an appreciation for one who can perform this kind of magic. Nice work!

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    It looks wonderful!

    If you get a wild hair though: install the rebar/lag screws at a downward angle into the wall, and drill the post accordingly.... gravity does the work, and it is earthquake-stable, literally and metaphorically.
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    I will give another +1 for Divine Heritage Barns.

    They are also a pretty funny follow on Facebook.

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