One of the early projects was doubling up the existing beams. The span was over 12' with no supports in the center.
This span made the second floor bedroom very bouncy.
With the help of my friend Dave it was a multi step project.
- Measure the span and the height of the beams at each end. Because the house has rough cut beams they are not the same measurements as today's dimensional lumber.
- Rip the beams down
- Apply adhesive
- Lift into place, clamp and screw together
- Plain the new beams to a similar size as needed.
- Fill seams with wood putty & sand
- Smooth them with sandable wall compound & paint
These beams took about half the bounce bout of the upper floor.
June 19, 2021 Update
it took 2 more coats on some of the beams. And by midway through June I had the last few pieces in with Dave's help. It took a couple sessions to get them sanded and painted but overall I live the look of the new wider beams.