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Mesquite Mantel

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Project by BlueStingrayBoots posted 06-29-2014 07:15 PM 2977 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mesquite Mantel, 88.5” x 12” x 16”. I went after a trunk with plenty burls for the curvy shape, first was the milling then the removal of all the sapwood. After seeing the basic shapes I sanded with a 36G 5” disk. I used clear marine epoxy for crevasses and inlay. The inlay is turquoise and copper shavings. I used black sand to fill large voids. More sanding with finer grits and a tung oil finish. Eventually the wood will get a richer red. A friend ask for this piece for his new construction ranch house. I am grateful for the opportunity given to me in making this piece. I caught a few details which I believe I can improve. My next one should be better craftsmanship. ;)





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Karson

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#1 posted 06-29-2014 07:23 PM

Beautiful job Gerald

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#2 posted 06-29-2014 08:07 PM

Nice work. I love the inlay.

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#3 posted 06-29-2014 08:23 PM

Awesome..

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Backwood

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#4 posted 06-29-2014 10:36 PM

How in the heck are you gonna hang that monster?

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 06-30-2014 12:25 AM

That is a mantle! Great chunk of mesquite and I can’t imagine how tough this was to clean up and finish. What does it weigh?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 06-30-2014 12:29 AM

Now that is cool.

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#7 posted 06-30-2014 12:38 AM

I not sure on the weight but I can’t lift it whole by hand. I’m actually going to make two column with the same shapes to set the mantel on. 12×12 x 44 ea. Someone else will take it from here for securing and mounting.

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 06-30-2014 01:14 AM

I’ll bet you “can’t lift it whole by hand”! That will be a beautiful addition to a big fireplace in a big ranch living room. I’m picturing a fireplace you could burn whole railroad ties in!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 06-30-2014 04:14 AM

I still need to install the concealed open/close mechanism in the mantel for the trap door behind the fireplace that leads to the dungeon….. bwahahahaha

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#10 posted 06-30-2014 04:29 AM

Looks great, those side pics really show the shape.

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#11 posted 06-30-2014 01:41 PM

This is awesome… I would get a fireplace just to have one to put this over.

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#12 posted 06-30-2014 02:09 PM

I love mesquite. Wish I had several truck loads. Great job.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#13 posted 07-01-2014 01:33 AM

Nice job. That looks real nice.

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#14 posted 07-07-2014 01:50 AM

Beautiful piece! I think it could also be an awesome piece as a bar. Definitely a statement piece for a grande home.

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