About grid beam
Grid beam shelves took about 15 minutes to assemble. All parts are reusable.
Shelf parts. Grid beam projects knock flat and store in a tiny space.
- What is grid beam?
- Grid beam is a simple, easy-to-use, modular building system. The reusable pieces bolt together. It's like an Erector Set for the real world!
- What can I build with grid beam?
- Almost anything! Ordinary people with few skills and minimal tools can tackle projects ranging from furniture and shop benches to wind turbines and towers, solar panel mounts, truck racks, small buildings--even electric vehicles.
- Do I need building experience to build with grid beam?
- No! Grid beam is great for inexperienced builders and kids because it's a bolt-together system. Just start building!
- Do I need lots of tools or a workshop?
- No! You can assemple most simple projects using a couple of wrenches. More complex projects might require a handsaw or hacksaw to cut sticks, a saber saw to cut panels, and a hand-held drill.
- What if I make a mistake?
- Simply unbolt the problem area and try again. Grid beam is virtually goof-proof!
- What is grid beam made of?
Four types of grid beam: 1-inch (25 mm) plated steel; 1.5-inch (38 mm) wood; 1.5-inch aluminum; 2-inch (51 mm) galvanized steel with extender.
- Every grid beam project has a frame of sticks fastened with bolts. Some projects also use panels for shelves, work surfaces, and enclosing skins. Because it's a bolt-together system, you can also add wheels, lights, windows, and whatever else you want.
- Wood sticks make great furniture, shelves, and light-duty workbenches. Use aircraft aluminum sticks for machines and vehicles. Use steel sticks for pallet racks, scaffolds, building frames, heavy-duty workbenches, and industrial machinery.
- Skin panels can be made out of plywood, metal, plastic, fabric, and more.
- How strong is grid beam?
A homemade truck box with a steel grid beam frame and cargo rails holds a steel tank weighing over 500 pounds (225 kg).
- Very strong, especially the steel and aluminum. People use it to build furniture, heavy-duty storage, shop benches, truck racks, industrial equipment frames, small buildings, windmill towers, and vehicles.
- Where can I get grid beam?
- Our new book How to Build With Grid Beam lists sources. It even shows you how to drill your own sticks!
- Can I buy grid beam online?
- Not easily. As soon as it's available online, we'll post links!
- Is grid beam expensive?
- Compared to what? It costs more than buying raw materials (two-by-fours, metal tubing). But it costs less than hiring someone to build the project for you. And if you count your time and wasted materials, it's a lot cheaper than other building methods.
- Each time you re-use the sticks, you save the cost and hassle of buying new materials. Especially if you build a lot, grid beam can save you thousands of dollars!
- Is grid beam environmentally friendly?
- Yes! Because the pieces come in standard sizes and bolt together, you can re-use them on project after project. We are still using pieces we made in the late 1970s!
- Where can I get more information?
- In our new book How to Build With Grid Beam It includes hundreds of photos of grid beam projects, directions for how to work with the materials, and list of grid beam suppliers.
- Are there other grid beam websites?
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