Introduction: How to Build a Glued Laminated Wood Beam
Watch the video for details on how we build the glulam beam.
We are building an open beam ceiling so we will need two heavy beams that are 20' long and capable of carrying the roof load. The engineering tables show that a 3 1/8" x 9" glulam beam will carry the roof load. We cannot afford to buy manufactured glulam beams so we build our own glued - laminated wood beams. Please note: this is not an engineered beam. If you require an engineers stamp, this may not work for you. BY using no.1 clear, straight grain lumber, Titebond 2 wood glue and 3/8" all-thread bolts and nuts, we build the beam.
The glued laminated beam we show here is an excellent beam for barn, shed, cabin or other structure requiring a load bearing beam. Check with your building department before building and using to be sure it is allowed for your application. Please watch the video for details on how to build the beam.