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Creating box beams in the kitchen/family room

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These exposed beams were created by Al Young Studios for the Cascade Project.  Al and Asht...
These exposed beams were created by Al Young Studios for the Cascade Project.  Al and Ashton designed this feature.
Ashton designed and prototyped the corbel, and copies were manufactured by a subcontractor.
Ashton created and installed the beams.

A 1x12 and a 1x4 are glued on the workbench.  The joint is reinforced with grabbers along ...
A 1x12 and a 1x4 are glued on the workbench.  The joint is reinforced with grabbers along the top of the plate.

The backing, or reinforcement, of each seam and the fact that grabbers are offset from the seamslend...
The backing, or reinforcement, of each seam and the fact that grabbers are offset from the seams
lend strength to the joinery and allow for chamfers to complete the illusion of post and beam members.

Pins have been inserted to cover grabbers joining the seams of each box.
Pins have been inserted to cover grabbers joining the seams of each box.

The plates of the box beams are joined in anticipation of a chamfer edge as well as stop-chamfers.
The plates of the box beams are joined in anticipation of a chamfer edge as well as stop-chamfers.

Achieving the hewn look of hand-wrought timbers involved sanding the chamfers with a belt sanderas w...
Achieving the hewn look of hand-wrought timbers involved sanding the chamfers with a belt sander
as well as employing a light touch in cross-grain sanding, also with a belt sander.

Beam boxes have been installed over steal I-beams required by the span.
Beam boxes have been installed over steal I-beams required by the span.

Ashton reconciles a scarf joint.
Ashton reconciles a scarf joint.

Posts, beams, and corbels are partially installed.
Posts, beams, and corbels are partially installed.

The appearance of hand-wrought woodwork is completed with stain and sealer.
The appearance of hand-wrought woodwork is completed with stain and sealer.

The other side of the family room and kitchen expanse.
The other side of the family room and kitchen expanse.

Detail of post and beam faux joinery.
Detail of post and beam faux joinery.

Detail of the finished living space.
Detail of the finished living space.

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