I got a chance to make this table with my friends for a art show at the Art Institute of Pasadena. I wanted to do something we could finish in a day, so the thought of using a structural beam came to mind.
This is a Paralam used mostly for rough construction. I thought it would be the easiest way to get a good width table without laminating or jointing pieces of hardwood. We salvaged a few cuts from Dixieline for a steal. They were a bit weathered but we were able to work them back to good shape. I really like working with the Gluelam and Paralam material, it’s probably the cheapest way to get a really cool, linear looking wood grain without costing a small fortune in material.
The joint is really basic and cut it with a Skillsaw, countersunk some big 6″ deck screws at the sides, and plugged the holes with some doug fir. It turned out really clean with several coast of polyurethane and it looked cool in the art gallery.