What You Need To Know Before Buying A Wood Box Beam
Do you know what you need to know before buying a wood box beam?
Finally, for the first time ever, there's a website where you can build, price, and order your customin one visit. No waiting for a quote. But here's some helpful info to help get you there.
You don't choose a; you design one to be built. Learn everything you need to know before pulling the trigger.
What is a ?
A is a hollow beam made from face panels joined together with the ultimate goal of replicating the look of a . A can have 2, 3, or 4 sides depending upon how and where it will be used (and seen). Keep reading to learn more. Some might call these a but when you consider the level of work that goes into creating a custom the term faux really cheapens the effort in our view.
What are made of?
- All of our reclaimed are constructed from domestically sourced, antique American reclaimed barn which are , and elevate your design to another level.
- Part of the charm of are the , nail holes, remnants of insect tracks (we fumigate all of our material so don't worry about bringing any creepy crawlies into your home)
- Another type of reclaimed material are constructed with are soft woods like Doug Fir and Pine from horse corrals. These materials have a silvery-gray appearance and has been a sought-after material for over a decade. The patina of is what sets it apart from new that has been artificially distressed to look old. There's no story behind that material while has a rich history and engaging story to tell.
- As with a , a makes for a great as a new or to cover an
- Our new are generally made from hardwoods. Our European are the most popular in this category and are made to our client's specifications, with a custom color finish.
What kinds of are there?
There are countless types of but all of our are made to your specifications for your project in these materials:
- Rough sawn
- European , often with a custom and finish is becoming a popular choice to complement hardwood floors made in the same material and finish
If you would like a custom (colored) finish, please do not order from this listing. Instead, please call us at 714-557-9655 to discuss your project and arrange for samples to be made for your approval. A custom finish is an involved process, far outside the ability of a website to capture; and even, if possible, we'd prefer to work with you directly one-on-one.
We produce in a variety of species, but it usually comes down to texture choices driving the preference. Regardless of your material selection, our craftsmen with over 200 years of experience between them will create the perfect for your custom project.
Types of reclaimed wood box beams (European white oak excluded):
Why choose a hewn ?
While we love constructing barn ) because they bring greater visual intrigue into your room and give you a story to tell. hewn is a great choice if you're looking for a . Each of our hewn reclaimed is different from the next and have irresistible character and charm. Every axe mark tells the story of a pioneer over a century ago and his tenacity to build something bigger than himself. We offer both reclaimed and a solid , the latter available through our division TheMantelCollection.com which has the solid in stock and ready to ship or pickup. from both new and , in hewn and rough sawn--and even resawn materials, but there is something special about a hewn (made from hewn Jump to our hewn here.
What Are Reclaimed Rough Sawn ?
With the advent and availability of powered, machine-driven circular and band saws, rough sawn s the staining and uneven coloration. became ubiquitous. milled, with circular or band saws a century ago often left behind circle saw or chatter marks, blade tooth impressions, and burn marks. As with any reclaimed material, part of the visual appeal i
Rough Sawn (could also be referred to as 'circle sawn') is the term used to describe material cut into dimensional by use of a circular saw. Prior to the advent of--or use of--powered milling machinery, manpower was the force behind the tools (see our Hewn for that look). Rough sawn has the tell-tail circular saw marks; remnants of the tool used to cut it many generations ago.
The circular saw marks are caused by any number of things, including a bent tooth or blade, wobble in the feeding of the beam through the machine, and the list goes on. However, the marks were caused, we're glad they were because this creates both a clean look from the more square angles but keeps the historical interest and visual variety from the saw marks.
What Are Reclaimed Resawn ?
When resawing the original face material away, the resawn beam core is what is remains. This resawn core has a nearly smooth face on all sides. This is the ideal type of material to sand smooth and apply a or custom translucent finish, allowing the beautiful old growth tight grain to show through. You'll still see an old here and there but the original face patina will have been removed.
Example of a Resawn Box Beam:
What are European ?
When creating a from newly harvested , the process of creating a is the same; resawing an appearance layer from a thicker plank, then engineering it to Baltic Birch, then joining the face panels together to form the intended shape. This is the you'd choose if you want a custom finish like a floor has. With our in-house custom finish division, we have the experience and equipment to create the finish you envision. The most popular material is European , but we can provide any number of species for your project.
Example of a (new wood) European Oak Box Beam:
How is a Different than a ?
- To make a reclaimed barn ), we first resaw the original face material away from the core of or boards (a thick ). hollow beam (or a
- These original face skins are engineered to the finest Baltic Birch for strength and structure (for rough sawn and resawn , hewn are not engineered), then join the sections together, reinforcing the structure with internal blocking.
- Using a mix of , biscuit joinery, and other fixtures (not though)the faces are joined into a secure structure.
- Seeing the true artistry of a well-done reclaimed is a real treat. Our Craftsmen are able to hide the corner and length seams and even cut in grain by so there is no discernable difference in grain at the joints. This is why our clients often think we hollowed out a to create their , because the joints are imperceptible.
Shown below, a Rough Sawn in the process of being made (incomplete). The images show how the barn is structurally supported with 9-ply Baltic Birch plywood to ensure a resilient, strong, and consistent backing so there isn't any waviness as the seasons and environmental conditions in your home change:
How Big Can You Make a ?
There isn't a size we haven't built. With our massive inventory and experience in architectural elements, we'll likely be able to create what others may not due to limitations in their material access or construction ability. Unlike what might be offered through the big box stores like , or from a contractor not familiar with producing these works of art (you won't find in our ) we make ours with a of for each face, of original material--not a fake handmade finish.
Example of some Hand Hewn Box Beams that are nearly 33ft long:
Should I choose a instead of a ?
- Choosing a as a (or embedded such as in a ) is ideal when you need to precisely control the dimensions of the beam to fit within the mounted space. Unlike a , a 's dimensions are all within our control.
- With a , they are what they are and to reduce the face of a means to cut off the original face which leaves a fresh cut face. This is in opposition to the other remaining original faces. With a we can construct it in a way as to achieve the exact front face height, top and bottom face depths (or protrusion) as well as the length of course.
- are a great way to hide existing structural supports or just to add to the room's aesthetic appeal. offer the look of solid with the benefits of custom sizing and lightweight installation.
- replicate the look of solid but have an improved workability and practicality: they're uniform in size throughout the length of the beam, are available in any length and width combination, are lighter and easier to install than solid .
Where are used?
Choosing a custom made not only looks great but has functional appeal as well. are often what you see on ceilings. A is also used to wrap unappealing structural elements like pipes or I- , or framing in a building. Installation is far easier as well since they can be easily trimmed or modified to fit with tools on the job site, and the weight is far less than a solid new or . As well, they are a great alternative to solid in applications which preclude the use of heavier solid .
Looking to do a and even floating shelves. We add the to a . If you want to dress up a tired , a hollow or may just be the answer you're seeking.? Many homeowners choose a ( ) as a because we can build to their exact dimensions. This also includes what might be called a
Being lighter, a hollow is easier to install and doesn't require hefty . Check with your installer or the web for the variety of installation methods. We prefer this bracket from Shelfology which actually work well for both solid and hollow .
Example of using Resawn Box Beams as Ceiling Beams:
Do Cost the Same as a ?
The final cost depends on the beam , dimensions, and many more factors however a is usually more expensive than a simply due to the extensive labor involved in crafting such a piece . This is in addition to the cost of the host from which the original face skin material is taken.
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In the end, we can make the perfect to complement your need, room and , and timeless style.
Example of Hand Hewn Box Beams being made (incomplete):