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Project by Jeffrey Williams posted 01-13-2011 06:57 PM 1354 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

From bare wall to mantel. How do you get there? First ask the wife what she wants and make a drawing that you turn into a model. Measure and test your anchor points multiple times then proceed. As you can see by combining numerous molding styles upon a firm substructure you can create a pretty nice piece that enhances the room.

While all the molding is pine the top is oak and the substructure is douglas fir. I used lag bolts to hold it to the wall and recessed and flush capped all the top screws. I have not attempted it but think I could sit on it. Very strong.

I went on from this project to building window sills throughout the house using the same molding in this room and a more smooth flush (simple) molding in all the others. I built 15 in total all lagged into the window framing and weather sealed.

PS don’t let the Christmas picture fool you. The mantel is straight and level. Camera lens I guess.

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#1 posted 01-13-2011 07:10 PM

Very nice and well done. Thanks for the detailed pictures.

-- Detective Dad, Madison, WI

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#2 posted 01-13-2011 07:31 PM

Well I don’t think that’s going to be falling down anytime soon! Really looks solidly constructed.

That is a nice and cozy scene, even without the stockings.

I like your photo montage as well. Looking at your plans and construction methods, you don’t seem like the type that would just throw up one or two blurry, underlit photos and tell us that you built a mantel. Heck, you even spelled “mantel” correctly!

(I hope mine is done before next Christmas and enhances our room as much as this one dressed-up yours!)

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#3 posted 01-13-2011 08:48 PM

The picture! I guess santa, not Camera lens…
Really nice, and it’s fine you listen to the wife, it enhanced the life of that fireplace.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#4 posted 01-13-2011 09:00 PM

That looks great. What a warm welcoming spot.

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#5 posted 01-13-2011 09:04 PM

Great job! The detailed pics are really helpful – our kitchen needs some built-up molding and it’s nice to see how everything is….built-up.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#6 posted 01-14-2011 03:27 AM

Great job! Well constructed and beautiful too.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#7 posted 01-14-2011 08:55 AM

Are ya sure its the camera? :-)) Wide angle lens give you a little bit of “fish eye” effect. Google it and you will see what I mean.

Looks awesome for here!! nice work. How did you come up with the combination?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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