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Staining Beams and Showing the Grain

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As part of our remodel, we removed all of the stain on the Douglas Fir beams and the stain on the Redwood ceiling decking. The Redwood has red and white hues running throughout the wood and we would like to keep it in its natural form.

We are interested in what other Eichler owners have done to show the grain of the Douglas Fir beams while keeping the contrasting lines in the house.

Does anyone have photos posted that show how their beams were finished? We want to have the exterior finish of the beams the same as the interior finish AND we want to be able to see the grain of these beautiful beams.

Please respond with your ideas and thoughts on how to finish beams.

Thank you.

Best,

Bryan

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Joined: Aug 25 2005

Barry Brisco stripped his beams and finished them.
http://totheweb.com/eichler/e_house/5_living_room2.html

Nick
Castro Valley

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Thank you for providing the link. Any more pictures of similar beams out there?

Best,

Bryan

ajm
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Joined: Mar 24 2003

Just out of curiosity, how did you strip the redwood tongue and groove ceiling?

I stripped the beams with a belt-sander years ago, but I gave up on the ceiling because of all the nooks and crannies. So now we have white painted ceiling with the beams stained dark.

-andrew

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Our renovation is quite extensive. We didn't strip the tongue & groove decking - we removed it (nail-by-nail, board-by-board) and had it remilled. The 2x6 became 5/8-inch thick and then we milled a new tongue & groove in with a micro-bevel. This gave us twice as much material and we will use it to cover our SIP roof and our concrete ceiling in the lower level.

Here is a link to the posting where we removed the original tongue & groove decking:

http://eichlervision.com/2008/09/deconstruction-continues

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