Message - Re: making laminated beams ?

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Posted by  Paul Malo on October 07, 2002 at 13:17:47:

In Reply to:  making laminated beams ? posted by Vince Fontana on October 07, 2002 at 11:20:40:

I have seen very large arches fabricated from slim boards simply bolted together using no glue. I wouldn't try this without some engineering advice, however, unless you are prepared for an expensive experiment. A small greehouse probably would not present any great difficulty, although it could collect considerable snow in our climate. I would imagine the most likely failure to be splitting of the wood where bolts occurred, but there are special connectors designed to distribute the shear over a larger area of the wood. Again, you need some technical advice, unless you want to experiment with trail and error, being prepared for error.

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