Fireplace Mantel

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Blog entry by Cato posted 06-16-2010 04:54 PM 1217 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am so slow when doing a project for the first time. Good thing about this one is that I have gotten to play with my new jointer, planer, and cut some crown for the first time on the Makita LS 1016L sliding miter saw.

Building upside down and backwards has been a challenge in visualizing for me.

Used furniture grade SYP from the lumberyard except the 5.25 inch oak crown that I bought at big box store.

All that is left is to mount over the fireplace in my daughter’s townhouse this weekend and it will go into the
finished project bin.

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#1 posted 06-16-2010 04:58 PM

Looks good nice work

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#2 posted 06-17-2010 06:52 AM


Thanks for your other Posting on my Post Re: 1 inch extra cut and telling me about your new Makita, same as the one I will be buying shortly.

Yours appears to work Quite Nicely!! That is going to look really good over your Daughters Fireplace.

I’m also not in favour of having to stand on my Head when trying to figure out how to cut Crown Mould!!

I will be doing the Upstairs Hall in a rather Complex Crown Mould. BUT! Not until I’ve gone to Lee Valley and bought ($35) their “Put it on the Mitre saw and cut it as you see it In Place, Crown Mould Mitering Fixture” ...LOL.. IF the LINK below works you can have a look and see what you think.,240,45313&ap=1

Happy Days: Rick

-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

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#3 posted 06-17-2010 07:09 AM

Real nice mantel, the to do list never gets shorter no matter how many you finish.

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#4 posted 06-17-2010 12:45 PM

Rick- I checked out the Leigh Valley link on the crown holder and yes that would probably help.

Crown is a bit of a challenge for me as I don’t work with it a lot, but having this saw and its accuracy is making it less of a fear/challenge to work with!!

I saved a piece of the large crown I used to practice cutting on the flat, which is apparently the more accurate way rather than cutting nested.

From my readings most American Crown is 38/52 spring angle, so those are positive stops on the miter and bevel gauge on the saw.

If you look closely the saw also has a label on it that gives you the settings for inside and outside miter bevel settings which is handy as well.

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#5 posted 06-18-2010 01:47 AM

Cato: That’s still to Confusing for my Simple, Logical Brain …LOL… I’d rather take the easy way out.

Stay Healthy My Friend.

Regards: Rick

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#6 posted 01-23-2012 12:09 AM

Beautiful fireplace mantel!

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