:vs_cool:" It's ok if you're not sure, find someone who is":vs_cool::vs_coffee: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Build-A-Glued-Laminated-Wood-Beam/, https://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=...sg=AFQjCNEg6hh_6IB7fsKJ_N96vB8xv_zmPA&cad=rja, http://www.diychatroom.com/f49/total-house-rebuild-bungalow-two-storey-276978/, VerticalScope Inc., 111 Peter, Suite 901, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2H1, Canada. Personally, I'd put the joint between OSB pieces closest to the end of the beam (so one 8 foot piece and on 18 inch piece). If you have BC4's then it's not needed. Butt the end of an 8-foot board to the end of the 12-foot board. How to Build a Raised Garden Bed With Legs, The Best Way to Set a Post for a Shadow Box Fence & Keep it Straight, How to Build a Planter Box From Fence Boards, Mother Earth News: Building the Sun Cottage Part V: The Structural Frame, Home Imporovement: Deck Building Beam Options, How to Cover a Recessed Light Opening in the Ceiling. I am building a small storage loft (about 10'x10') in my shop and want to build a beam to span 9'6", made from 2 - 10' long 2x8's with 1/2" OSB sandwiched between and fastened together with Liquid Nails and 16d nails every 8" or so. Butt the end of a 12-foot board against the end of the 4-foot board. Get 2) 1-3/4" X 11-7/8" lvls. Repeat with a second board. Insert a carriage bolt into a washer. Huge difference between made up LVL beams and dimensional beams. In past eras wood beams have almost always been fashioned from one piece of lumber, but in recent years wood beams are often built from several pieces of wood to help reduce the cost and to take advantage of some modern materials which can actually strengthen the beam. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. Some of the inspectors can be real bears. Always use care when cutting or shaping wood with power tools. JavaScript is disabled. A forum community dedicated to Do it yourself-ers and home improvement enthusiasts. By staggering the joints, you can create a longer, stronger beam. old growth wood doesnt even match it.. todays lumber is faster drying and not as strong or stable.. A forum community dedicated to Do it yourself-ers and home improvement enthusiasts. garage junk in boxes, maybe 1500 pounds of stuff. Thanks. Heavier load bearers, or beams that have several holes, must be thicker than 2 inches to provide the strength needed for the building. there have been countless built up beams from conventional lumber used on houses for hundreds of years.. did the house still stand yes.. was it still level and straight hell no.. they sag under the live and dead loads.. lvl wont sag.. After you're told 11-7/8", you couldn't have at least used 2 x12's?