A couple of mantels

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Project by Popintraining posted 2407 days ago 1611 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first time I had to make a mantel like this was definitely out of necessity. I needed the work and told the customer I could make anything she wanted! Turns out, that it was a good BS line, because she gave me the opportunity and I learned a lot. Since then we’ve built about a dozen mantels similar to these two. The carvings are the only part to these mantels we did not make. They’re made from some kind of composite, and they’re great for any type of furniture. I got them from a place called decorator supply. The mantel legs we made ourselves using a number of jigs, band saw, oscillating sander and some routers. It took a little time to figure out how to make them but through trial and error and an issue of Fine Woodworking on cutting Queen Anne style legs on the band saw, I succeeded. For more on our work you can visit my blog at
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-- Illegitimis nil carborundum - Don't let the bastards grind you down

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#1 posted 2407 days ago

Outstanding stuff as always Pop and Son. Amazing. Thanks for letting us see all of this fine woodworking.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#2 posted 2407 days ago

Mighty impressive. You take on some King Kong projects.

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Jiri Parkman

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#4 posted 2407 days ago

exellent work as always , bryan . i buy onlays and such from enkeboll . com thier pricey but very high quality
happy holidays !

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#5 posted 2407 days ago

Some beautiful mantels. great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#6 posted 2407 days ago

Nice job!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 2407 days ago

Sweet, and thanks for showing the jigs.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 2406 days ago

Very nice. I would like the opportunity to be paid to make some of these one day.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#9 posted 2406 days ago

Awfully well done, Bryan.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#10 posted 2406 days ago

Totally Pro!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#11 posted 2406 days ago

Impressive jigs.

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#12 posted 2406 days ago

Hey Thanks for all the nice comments, Building mantels is where I caught the woodworking bug! My Pop used to make me sit on a bucket and stare at fireplace until I built it in my head first. I guess it worked!

-- Illegitimis nil carborundum - Don't let the bastards grind you down

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#13 posted 2401 days ago

I Like the way your “pops” thinks! You guys do fantastic work

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#14 posted 2401 days ago

Really nice. Thanks for the construction details. I like posts like this the best.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#15 posted 1461 days ago

Good Mantel therapy!

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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