Fireplace Mantle

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Project by Tommy_Joe posted 12-22-2008 06:02 PM 2044 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Friends of ours purchased a house and was renovating it from front to back. The old fireplace was a half wall of brick that was falling apart. They had the new brick constructed and it went to the ceiling, but when it came time for a mantle, they called me. Nothing fancy… Not a box… Just a simple mantle shelf. So I built one out of Red Oak, used a french cleat out of 5/8” poplar to support it (front and sides) and stained it to match the wood trim in the rest of the house. It was also my idea to install the crown molding that trimmed the mantle on the ceiling line of the brick to break it up.

More details including the construction is here. —->

Thanks for looking.

-- Tom, St. Louis,

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#1 posted 12-23-2008 02:32 AM

Very nice. Like the oak, and the finish looks great. Very good build.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#2 posted 12-23-2008 03:08 AM

It really makes the room! Nice job.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#3 posted 12-23-2008 06:30 AM

Very Nice…great idea on the molding too.

-- Martin, Kansas

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Tom O'Brien

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#4 posted 12-26-2009 09:25 AM

The crown moulding is a nice touch I noticed right away. I have a similar project in mind for my son’s family room.

-- Every project is a learning opportunity, every error a design opportunity

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