A couple of mantels

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Project by Popintraining posted 12-20-2007 07:01 AM 2184 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 12-20-2007 07:45 AM

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 12-20-2007 11:46 AM

Mighty impressive. You take on some King Kong projects.

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#3 posted 12-20-2007 01:26 PM


-- Jiri

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#4 posted 12-20-2007 02:05 PM

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 12-20-2007 03:18 PM

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 soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 12-20-2007 03:58 PM

Nice job!

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

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#7 posted 12-20-2007 05:23 PM

Sweet, and thanks for showing the jigs.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 12-20-2007 11:05 PM

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 12-21-2007 02:37 AM

Awfully well done, Bryan.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#10 posted 12-21-2007 06:53 AM

Totally Pro!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#11 posted 12-21-2007 07:10 AM

Impressive jigs.

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#12 posted 12-21-2007 12:37 PM

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 12-26-2007 06:31 PM

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

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#14 posted 12-26-2007 09:43 PM

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 07-23-2010 02:15 AM

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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