|Project by JCD||posted 10-23-2016 12:35 AM||1047 views||10 times favorited||8 comments|
First time using mahogany, first time building a fireplace mantel surround, and first time making ebony plugs. Overall, one of my favorite projects and I learned a few new techniques. Inspiration came from pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/479140847825427155/ that took me to http://www.thisiscarpentry.com/2010/09/17/craftsman-style-mantel-bookcases/
As always, I started with Sketchup. Used Varathan Dark Walnut Gel, Varathane matte wipe on poly. Ebony plugs cover the screws, which I used to attach the front piece to the legs (until the glue set). Made a template for the plugs, routed, and then carefully pounded the mess out of them to get them into the holes. Who says a square peg doesn’t fit into a round hole (actually I used my chisel).
I really had a tough time figuring out what kind of stain and look I wanted. After trying TransTint Dye, off the shelf stain, and Waterlox (natural look), I ended up deciding on Gel with a standard topcoat. I’d like to polish the plugs a bit but not sure what to use (wax maybe)? Below you can see comparison of GF Java vs Varathane Dark Walnut. Java was way too dark. Really pleased with Dark Walnut, and cheaper than GF.