Walnut Mantle

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Project by daveintexas posted 11-01-2009 05:51 PM 2302 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently completed this walnut mantle, it was a fun little project.

The client had a friend give them a couple boards of walnut. (second picture)

They decided they would like it to keep the live edge on that thicker piece. So to keep the theme going I cut the ends of the top board, mitered at the same angle as the front. Then I distressed each end so it would blend. Then to give it alittle more of an aged look I applied three coats of a special oil finish.
The client is really happy and the friend that gave them the boards is tickled that they were used so appropriatly.

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#1 posted 11-01-2009 05:59 PM

Very nice mantle really nice look

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 11-01-2009 06:26 PM

This is a gorgeous mantle. Walnut is such a pretty wood and it machines beautifully. Nice job, Dave.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 11-01-2009 06:28 PM

looking at the boards and then at the Mantle I wonder how many people could see that in there? You definetly have a gift. dp

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#4 posted 11-01-2009 06:30 PM

This is very nice mantle. You did a very good build on it.

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

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#5 posted 11-01-2009 09:39 PM

Nice looking mantel!

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#6 posted 11-02-2009 01:20 AM

Nice job on your mantle.

-- John @

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#7 posted 11-02-2009 03:14 AM

Nicely done!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 11-02-2009 03:17 AM

That is a great finish! So what is your special oil? You know I have my own little walnut project going on right now, and finishing walnut has always been difficult for me!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#9 posted 11-02-2009 03:02 PM

Great use of the wood.

Did you have to do anything special to account for the heat or is it even a factor?

Makes me wish I had a fire place.

-- Tim, trying to come up with something cool to say here!

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#10 posted 11-02-2009 07:13 PM

Good looking mantle

-- Dan Wiggins

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