|Project by James Dunn||posted 2001 days ago||4082 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
This was a double mantle that my customer wanted made to match the rustic cherry kitchen cabinets in their home. This mantle was made completely from raw wood – kiln dried, planed to 13/16”, and straight line ripped from the supplier. We then made every piece of the mantle on the job site.
The crown under the upper and lower shelf is 5 1/4” crown made with my Shop Fox molding machine. The beadboard in the upper mantle inset is actually 5” wide boards, tongued and grooved with a bead in the center of the face of each board and the partial bead on each side so that they matched up just like production T&G boards. The trim inside of the recessed panels was made on the router table using a 1/2” roundover bit set to leave a square edge to each side of the roundover. The face of the two mantle shelves is the same roundover configureation on 1 1/2” wide stock. Finally, the “baseboard” pieces were made about 8” tall with the same detail at the tops. We made cherry quarter round to match the oak quarter round that we made for the house.
The inset panels in all the recessed boxes are the rustic cherry, resawn to about 3/8” thick (to conserve materials). Since we were on the job side, we had to create a way to resaw the material. We ran it on the table saw first on each side along the long edges, but since the material was wider than 2X the height of the table saw blade, that left about 1 1/4” to be cut. We cut that with a handsaw – and a lot of sweat. Traded off many times to get that part completed.
About 85% of the mantle was assembled without any visible fasteners. The only visible fasteners are the 18 ga brads that we used to attach the 3/4” molding in the inset boxes.
The finish is a clear varnish/poly (about 3 coats), and then a VanDyke Brown glaze was applied and wiped off – leaving it in all the crevices, bead recesses, and a light wiping of it on all surfaces to tone down the red of the cherry. Then a final coat of clear was applied to it to seal it up.
The customer was very pleased with the results.