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Project by Picken5 posted 1325 days ago 1192 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My wife and I never really liked the mantel above our fireplace, so about 6 months ago I built this mantel out of red oak. My wife wanted something simple—so I made it simple. The biggest challenge was fitting the edges around the stones.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb





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Ken90712

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#1 posted 1325 days ago

Looks great I built a mantel is well but used a Cedar Log I bought from a farmer in North Dakota.

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Looks great with the stonework.

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

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TxBudMan

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#2 posted 1324 days ago

Very nice work. I have plans to build something like that this year to replace our mantel. What method / technique did you use to fit the edge around the stone?

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Picken5

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#3 posted 1324 days ago

Thanks for the compliment TxBudMan. I used a contour guage on the stone and transfered that curve to the wood. It was a bit tedious since I cut it by hand and used a round rasp and round file to “fine tune” the fit—lots of trial fitting before I permanently attached it.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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