Craftsman Bungalow Restoration #9: The New New Mantel

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 06-23-2007 08:12 AM 4503 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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New Mantel
Kristin was never very happy with the first mantel we paid for. I agreed: The color, and proportion were not right for our house.

The Design
I studied all of the shelves in our house and went to my friend Juan’s to measure his mantel.
I measured the inglenook and fireplace in order to layout the space in sketchup. I played with some dimensions and was happy with the following.

I did not have time to tackle this project so Juan Reyes, our carpenter, tore out the old mantel, resawed some fir beams, and built the mantel to my specs in just a few days.

The new mantel

Here it is stained and lacquered.

We love the new mantel.

Next up: Dining in style.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#1 posted 06-23-2007 09:12 AM

Wow!...very nice. I like the change. Much more in line with the style of the house. Sketchup’s so great for this. Makes it so easy to play with ideas and collaborate.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#2 posted 06-23-2007 01:30 PM

I looks good.

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#3 posted 06-23-2007 02:34 PM

Great mantle John. Although, do you think it would have looked better with that sculpture thing that used to be there?

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#4 posted 06-23-2007 07:16 PM

very nice…and it looks like the stain matched well with the beams…what’s next?

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#5 posted 06-23-2007 07:18 PM

Really nice! This is a really good series to read. Thanks for taking the time to document it!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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