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Project by mc269 posted 02-22-2016 02:43 PM 1765 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished up this custom mantel. Built to resemble the look of hand hewn cabin beams stacked on the wall. Each beam is hollow and stacked on one another to create this unique wrap around fireplace mantel. Made from red oak, I used a hand plane and draw knife to achieve the hand hewn look. The end pieces were carved with a dremel tool and carving bit. I carved “growth rings” and cracks to give it the appearance of a solid wood log and not a hollow beam. I used a dark stain on the end pieces to get down in the cracks and then went back with the final stain color to give it some contrast. Finished it off with a satin polyurethane.

-- Mike Chaffin - Past-Time Woodworks

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#1 posted 02-22-2016 03:04 PM

That looks really nice. You definitely achieved the rustic look you were after.

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#2 posted 02-22-2016 04:43 PM

impressive craftsmanship/artwork.

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#3 posted 02-22-2016 05:30 PM

I really like the endgrain treatment that you gave the wood. An authentic look of old wood. Good job.

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#4 posted 02-22-2016 09:02 PM

looks great!

-- Greg D, Cen. CA, "Keep it on the Level, Do it Right the First Time!"

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#5 posted 02-22-2016 09:50 PM

Very nice!

-- No such thing as a ugly wooden boat

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#6 posted 02-22-2016 10:32 PM

I like the way you handled this, nice execution.

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#7 posted 02-23-2016 12:49 AM

VERY nice! I especially like the end grain treatment. Well worth the considerable effort you expended on this one.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 02-23-2016 02:17 PM

Nice job. That thing looks massively heavy in the finished pic !

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#9 posted 02-24-2016 03:48 AM

Excellent, does look like the real deal!

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