In a recent posting in its Field Notes blog, Seattle- and Portland-based builder/remodeler Hammer & Hand share a nice detail for wrapping a beam that's longer than a sheet of plywood.

In this case, the beam is an exposed ridge beam in a vaulted space that they are wrapping in cherry-veneer plywood. They used grain-matched pieces of plywood to provide continuous grain lines along the length of the beams.

But rather than butt-joining the ends of the plywood sheets and trying to hide the joints (an endeavor doomed to fail), they celebrated the joints, separating the plywood ends and creating recesssed joints.

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