Fireplace Mantle

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Project by SgtRich posted 09-26-2014 03:31 PM 2339 views 6 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked by an old Marine buddy if I would be willing to design and build an fireplace mantle for his apartment. Besides covering the width of his fireplace, he was just looking for something his wife could hang stockings on during xmas.
I was a bit blown away, because I have not seen Brad since ‘99. Besides trading some FB messages, we have had little contact. So for him to trust me to build this was an honor.

I built it with “select” pine from Home Depot. Added a french cleat for mounting. Painted it Antique White. I recessed the bottom by 1.5” and added 5 “hidden” hooks. Now his wife has a choice on how to hang the stockings. I’m thinking some rope light would be cool too.

Even better, I managed to not need caulk to hide any imperfections on the trim. I think that’s a first!

-- Every day is another opportunity to create something great.

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#1 posted 09-26-2014 06:10 PM

Very nice!! Thanks for posting

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#2 posted 09-27-2014 02:06 AM

Clever and very functional. Semper Fi!

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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Carl W Richardson

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#3 posted 09-27-2014 10:30 AM

Nice tight miters, dadoes, french cleats and pocket hole screws… You’ve become a woodworking craftsman.. Nice job!!!

Proud of ya son!!!

-- Carl W Richardson, Tennessee Woodworker

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#4 posted 09-27-2014 04:03 PM

This is very attractive. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Dave Peura

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#5 posted 09-28-2014 02:05 AM

Nice tight construction! Looks fantastic!

-- Dave Peura

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