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Fireplace surround and mantle w/ asian flavor

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Project by Woodn88s posted 02-05-2009 05:20 PM 4511 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made from poplar with curly maple panels. The client has a beautiful home and she has decorated it in a modern design with a lot of asian influence in her art. Her instructions were for me to design something modern with an asian flavor for her fireplace mantle. This is what I came up with.
She really likes her furniture dark in color. The curly maple is washed out in the pics of the final product but in real life they pop nicely. She is very happy.
I am currently working on cabinetry for her home office and will post when finished.
Someone from lumberjocks has asked me to explain the finishing process in detail and I am planning to do a blog on here in the near future to explain my process. This project was dyed with NGR stain, then sprayed with a toner and finally stained with an oil base stain, before being sprayed with precat laquer.
The customer had a sample she wanted me to match and it was a tough one. It had so many undertones.
best of luck from Ky. ya’ll
Gregg

-- I want to know Gods thoughts....rest are details "A. Einstein"





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wood_wench

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#1 posted 02-05-2009 05:53 PM

Very nice. Technical question: how did you go about finding out the building and safety codes for a mantle like this? i.e. how far away does the nearest combustable have to be from the flames?

The finish is awesome, its amazing what you can get poplar to look like with the proper technique and skill. Both of which you obviously excel at – very nice work.

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woodworm

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#2 posted 02-05-2009 06:21 PM

Great mantel. I like the colour, lit ooks cozy.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Woodn88s

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#3 posted 02-05-2009 07:08 PM

Wood_wench asked” Technical question: how did you go about finding out the building and safety codes for a mantle like this? “

Good question. In the planning stage of this project I submitted plans to the General Contractor who submitted for the permits. This fireplace is a metal insert fireplace and in this area the rules are different for these types of fireplaces.
To answer your question, I would call an architect in your area for code info.
thankyou for the nice feedback

-- I want to know Gods thoughts....rest are details "A. Einstein"

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Todd Thomas

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#4 posted 02-05-2009 11:31 PM

nice looking mantel…good job…I also would love to know your finishing process

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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Elvin

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#5 posted 02-06-2009 08:29 AM

Your project looks great. How did you determine how high your mantel top should be?

-- Elvin, Southern California, "How great would life be if we lived a little of it everyday"

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Woodn88s

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#6 posted 02-06-2009 09:54 AM

Elvin, the height was determined by just looking at the wall with the firebox installed and discussing with the client what looked best.
No secret here. Before I started building the project I made a full size drawing on mdf and took it to the house for approval by the customer.
Sounds like a lot of work but in the long run it pays off.
thanks for the compliment

-- I want to know Gods thoughts....rest are details "A. Einstein"

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motthunter

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#7 posted 02-06-2009 01:31 PM

beautiful

-- making sawdust....

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