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Project by Lee A. Jesberger posted 2572 days ago 2501 views 1 time favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a nice little fireplace mantle we made a while back. It was built to add to the existing 3 piece marble surround.

Built using Mahogany plywood, and Birds Eye Maple veneer.

The columns were built with M.D.F. We glued up six layers of 3/4” , with brown builders paper in the center.

Then we turned a tapered round post. After sanding it smooth, we split the post in half at the paper line.

This gave us two half rounds, which we veneered with Birds Eye Maple. These were screwed from the back onto a piece of Mahogany plywood.

The flats of the column are Mahogany plywood pieces mitered to meet the wall on the outside, and a narrower piece to meet the marble, on the inside.

The mahogany crown molding is shop made on the table saw, and cleaned up with a cabinet scraper.

The top is Mahogany plywood, with an applied Mahogany molding.

Not a high budget job, but nice looking.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com





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Roger Strautman

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#1 posted 2572 days ago

Another very nice job. Simple but it did take some forethought.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 2572 days ago

Very nice Lee, the tapered columns are really attractive.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 2572 days ago

Thank you Roger,

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#4 posted 2572 days ago

Hi Dick,

Good to hear from you! Thanks for the nice comments!

I hope all is well is with your wife.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 2572 days ago

Thanks for your concern, Barb is home now, but has to take it easy. It’s going to be a long recovery process. She is on the drug Coumadin, & has to have her blood tested today, & also see her Doctor.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Don

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#6 posted 2572 days ago

That’s real nice, Lee.

Interesting design perspective. I think my natural inclination would be to reverse those columns with the taper narrowing at the top. But what you’ve done looks much more interesting.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 2572 days ago

Dick,

Glad to here you have your wife back home. Since my wife just spent close to a week in the hospital, I know how that feels. (felt more like a month).

God speed on the recovery process.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 2572 days ago

Hey Don,

Interesting idea. Never gave that a thought.

Lee

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Karson

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#9 posted 2572 days ago

Great Fireplase Mantel Lee. I nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 2572 days ago

I also hope, & pray that your wife is doing well.
My comment on the columns, I don’t want to start something with Don, but I vote for your way.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 2572 days ago

Hi Karson,

Thanks

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 2572 days ago

Thank you Dick,

She’s still being tested, but so far, so good.

As for the mantle, I go with what feels right, but who knows, that might have looked good too. I just never considered it.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Karson

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#13 posted 2572 days ago

In some of the designing of furniture they tell you to look at what looks right. and what feels comfortable with your eyes.

In nature most things are smaller at the top than they are at the bottom. (A Tree) and also things are smaller in the distance, but when we see something that has proportions different, we tend to remember them more. (Towering Rock)

Both are good design precepts as long as the eye is comfortable.

Good job you didn’t put one up and the other down.

Then you would have had our eyes going in circles LOL

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#14 posted 2572 days ago

an interesting discussion on design elements.

Beautiful mantle. It really ties in well with the surroundings.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Napaman

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#15 posted 2572 days ago

Lee: Oh definitely going down…looks great this way…

Don…this must be a perspective thing since you are down under in australia, right? So the toilet water swishes out the wrong way too…how about your table legs? Down or up? Driving on the left side of the road?

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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