Driving around southern Missouri we found another sawmill this time for hardwoods dealing with mostly pallets and flooring. I snagged some boards for $1 each.
Above is my bedroom loft before the beam and below is after. We planed the hardwood boards and cut them down to the 3″ thickness of the panel. We sandwiched the beam between two other pieces of wood and drilled / screwed and glued them together. Instead of staining the wood I decided to bring out the natural grains with a conditioning wood wax oil product. I need to find teak oil to preserve the cedar.
We used the router to cut a small notch on either side of the beam for the wires. It took some work to get them all in the notch, but it looks much cleaner now.