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Project by squaredwobble posted 09-17-2016 04:04 AM 859 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everyone,

After moving into our new place, we wanted to paint the fireplace from the whitish-pink color it was, to a more darker color. We also wanted to add a mantel above the fireplace, so I said “Hey, I’ll make one!” We painted the bricks a midnight color, left the trim of the fireplace brass, went down to the big box store and grabbed a couple of 1” x 10” boards, a 2” x 6”, some hinges, and some masonry anchors. We wanted a fairly simple looking mantel so we stuck with the rectangular box shape. The total dimensions of the mantel is 4’ wide, 8” deep, and 6” tall. During the design process (I use Sketchups all the time), I figured I could add a little sumptin’ sumptin’...if you know what I mean, hence, the hinges. I used those magnetic locks for kids on the door so nothing can be seen and it looks like a regular plain mantel. The interior space also helped me mount it to the brick wall. I was going to use a french cleat, but things changed, so I went with the punches. It is stained with 2 to 3 coats of dark walnut and finished with a spray lacquer. I like it!

-- True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost - Arthur Ashe





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Ken90712

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#1 posted 09-17-2016 02:23 PM

Nice job, big fan of the hidden compartments. Cheers.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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squaredwobble

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#2 posted 09-17-2016 03:11 PM

Thanks Ken. I plan to put hidden compartments in all of my future builds if I am able too. Not sure how I’m going to do the coasters though.

-- True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost - Arthur Ashe

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Hookedin

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#3 posted 09-18-2016 01:42 AM

hmmm
Make the coasters the (magnetic) keys?

Preserving the mitered corner on the hinged face was a nice touch i think.

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#4 posted 09-18-2016 01:53 AM

Nice looking Floating mantle. I am working on a floating shelf with secret compartment right now. Yours looks great.

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squaredwobble

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#5 posted 09-18-2016 04:13 AM

Thanks swirt. I had planned to make the entire compartment hollow, but to stave off from having to deal with the top, bottom, or both warping, I decided to put a spacer in the middle. I would love to see your shelf when you’re finished.

-- True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost - Arthur Ashe

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squaredwobble

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#6 posted 09-18-2016 04:19 AM



hmmm
Make the coasters the (magnetic) keys?

Preserving the mitered corner on the hinged face was a nice touch i think.

- Hookedin

Magnetic coasters? That’s a genius idea!

My thoughts about preserving the mitered corners was my attempt to hide the seam. I used the cutoffs from the side pieces and glued them to the face. I used the cutoffs to allow the grain to flow through the entire side without a break at the face board. It worked well on one side and just OK on the other. I had planned on beveling the entire face board so it could sit inside the box, but with the hinges I was trying to use, I just couldn’t figure out how to make it work.

-- True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost - Arthur Ashe

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Richard W. Hyman Jr

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#7 posted 09-19-2016 05:43 PM

Nice looking finish on there. Like the styling of it.

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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