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Hi - I have an old room filled with big oak exposed beams. They have a beautifully hand planed bead profile a carpenter did 200 years ago before they framed them in. One of the beams was the top of a wall partition that is long gone and it lacks the bead detail.

I've got the right router bit but wanted to see if anyone had suggestions for how to do this "in the air". The most straightforward thing would just be to take it slow and take lots of breaks. Holding a router up like that doesn't sound like a safe or accurate deal.

I may just buy an antique hand mounding plane as an alternative...
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where exactly is the bead going to be???

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If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Bottom edges of the beam....one on each side..
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is the beam face smooth and straight...
do you have a bit to match the profile you want???

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Oooo, hard decision. I'm sure it can be done, but I don't know if I could bring myself to modifying an old original beam like that or not. I'd have to think long and hard about that, because once it's done, there's no changing back. I'm glad it's your decision, not mine.

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Oooo, hard decision. I'm sure it can be done, but I don't know if I could bring myself to modifying an old original beam like that or not. I'd have to think long and hard about that, because once it's done, there's no changing back. I'm glad it's your decision, not mine.
he is trying make this one look like the rest of the ones that are there..
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I'm with Theo on that. It'll be difficult to get the same aged patina on the new cuts for starters.
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I'm with Theo on that. It'll be difficult to get the same aged patina on the new cuts for starters.
age the profile to similar...

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Yep it's a hard decision to change the history or do I make the natural improvement but do it consistently with the rest of the room. Someone made the decision to remove the wall 150 years ago and then cover up the ceiling with plaster. I've brought the original ceiling back but it has exposed some things done over the years since that need to also be reverted.

The beam is planed straight and square and I have a matching router bit. I'm going to have to practice a few times and see how it goes.

Maybe there is a jig of some sort to ensure it goes well?
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What was the original ceiling? (Not tinplate or you would have said.)
Love to see some pics, Dave.
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