LumberJocks

Large Mantel from Walnut Slabs

  • Advertise with us
Project by McaroJCC posted 10-23-2018 01:32 PM 606 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first commissioned project for anyone who wasn’t a personal friend; although he was referred by a friend. The guy runs a tree service and had put back a bunch of walnut slabs that had been drying for over a year. He wanted “the largest fireplace mantel I can get” made out of them. What you see in the pics is the result.

The real challenge (other than milling, which is always fun) was that every slab he brought me (5 in all) was a different thickness, width, length, and grain pattern. The end result was a floating-shelf-style mantel that had some of the best looking crotch figuring I’ve seen. Solving the problems and seeing his pleased reaction when he picked it up made the whole process worth while.

I used routed grooves and dowels to join the pieces and the final dimensions were 96” x 12” x 11.5”. It was left unfinished at his request. That was my only regret—not getting to see that grain pop under a tung oil finish.

-- MCaro, St. Charles, MO





5 comments so far

View Jim Jakosh's profile

Jim Jakosh

21499 posts in 3276 days


#1 posted 10-23-2018 07:36 PM

That is a nice big mantle. He should like it!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

View McaroJCC's profile

McaroJCC

27 posts in 98 days


#2 posted 10-24-2018 03:00 AM



That is a nice big mantle. He should like it!!

cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh

Thanks, Jim; and he very much did. He couldn’t stop gushing over it when he picked it up. I couldn’t have asked for a better response.

-- MCaro, St. Charles, MO

View Rick S...'s profile

Rick S...

10754 posts in 3204 days


#3 posted 10-25-2018 01:31 AM

Very Nice Work & Very Well Done MCaro!

-- It is not necessary for Some People to turn OFF the LIGHT to be IN the DARK! (Ontario, CANADA)

View McaroJCC's profile

McaroJCC

27 posts in 98 days


#4 posted 10-26-2018 02:36 AM

Thank you, Rick!

-- MCaro, St. Charles, MO

View dannmarks's profile

dannmarks

640 posts in 752 days


#5 posted 10-30-2018 11:03 AM

I like the story a lot. Wish you could have finished it off too. Would like to see that wood pop my self.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com