September 7, 2016

Faux-Barnwood DIY Box Beams

We have spent our first weekend in NYC and it was tons of fun! Yesterday we saw the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Museum. Then we saw the Museum of Modern Art, Times Square, 5th Ave, and Central Park. We have Hamilton tickets this week, so I am totally freaking out excited about it!

With wood walls and ceilings being so popular, wood beams go along with it. When you see gorgeous wood beams in homes, a lot of times it's a faux box beam rather than a real beam to save major money. 



1. First, you need to get your wood prepared to be fitted into a box.  We had a local mill router out the groove on the inside edges of the wood. Take three pieces of wood, two pieces will be routered on one side and the third will have both sides routered. This allows the wood to slide together into a box shape where you cannot see the edges. (You can see this on the video below)

2. You will want to stain the red cedar with Weatherwood Reclamation stain. We strain the stain and then put the stain through our gravity sprayer and applied it to the wood in even coats. We apply a heavy coat of stain and let the wood air dry. 

3. Depending on the red cedar you have, the color result will be anything from brown to dark gray to gray and brown mixture. That's because the tannin in cedar varies so much. Once the wood is dry, you can fit your pieces together into the shape of a box. 

You can see the whole process in the video above, from wood to box, to stained box.

 When the wood is rough or wire brushed, that texture totally hides any seams between the three pieces of wood. You can see box beams stained with Reclamation installed in this home. This cedar was rough while the cedar in the video was wire brushed to add texture. It makes the home look very expensive, but that's because real wood beams are expensive. And are even more so when the wood is authentic weathered wood.

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