Our basement needed new paint and flooring and a few minor renovations. In our large "living room" or "rec room" I wanted to put up a beam with lights in it. Here is what I was dealing with:
|Ceiling right side|
|Ceiling left side|
The total length, just under 16', was far too long to put one piece of wood, so there had to be joints in the beam. Instead of just straight joints I realized I could highlight the joint and make it look like a dovetail, so I made two joints along the length of the beam like this.
The beam would be hollow and allow four pot lights to be put inside. I decided to make it like this, with plywood sides and bottom, and 2x2's to screw the box sides to.
I used basic plywood which I cut into strips. I drew out a dovetail on the end of my side pieces and cut with a jigsaw.
I then laid the cut piece over another to cut the piece that the dovetail would fit into.
This is how they would look joined together:
I measured out to find where the holes needed to be for the pot lights and cut those out of my bottom pieces:
I'll post the finished results next time, stay tuned! Here's the link
My Repurposed Life