ok i guess this would be my frist post here and i have to start somewhere soooo... my backyard deck is 23ft x 16ft and the wife says she wants a pergola above it. I will need 3 or 4 beams 23-24 ft long to span the lenght, there is no option of spanning the other direction and no chance i will put support post in the middle of my deck. does anybody here have and experience making their own glue lam beams? i was thinking 4-6x 3/4 by 7 1/2 inch strips of plywood glued, then encasing it in cedar with some west system 2 part epoxy. am i way off base here or do i get a second and third mortgage on the place and just order 4 solid cedar beams?