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Add Character with a Box-Beam Ceiling

Hollow beams transform a room’s trim detail while making it easy to integrate lighting and run wiring

Box-beam ceilings can add elegance to any room: round, triangle, square, or rectangle. By adding a soffit, you can normalize an oddly shaped room to accept this ceiling treatment. The hollow beams are great for installing lights and hiding wires or pipes in remodels. Veteran finish carpenter Chris Whalen shows how to assemble a simple box beam using quirk joints between the sides and bottom, and gives several options for intersecting the bottoms of the beams across the grid

Add Character with a Box-Beam Ceiling

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