Juniper Fireplace Mantel

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Project by TZH posted 01-26-2011 08:15 PM 4447 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Rocky Mountain Red Juniper. This mantel was cut and initially cleaned by myself with first sanding done by the client (their house burned to the ground – young couple with two kids – everyone got out safely, but they lost everything. When they rebuilt, I told them I’d do a mantel for a housewarming gift, and this is the one they chose) and initial finish application was done by a friend of theirs (I think he may have used an old shellac he had sitting around his cabinet making shop). When they mounted the mantel, within a short time, the finish started to char, and they asked me to “fix” it. I rough sanded everything down to bare wood first, then finish sanded everything to 320 grit. Then I posted on LJs for advice on best finish for something like this, and hobomonk responded with a suggestion to use linseed oil and solvent mix. I took his advice a small step further and added a bit of Minwax wipe on satin poly, too, and this was the result after four coats. I’m really happy with the way it turned out (thank you hobomonk) – just hope it keeps its sheen with time as it’s mounted over a fireplace insert which generates a lot of heat. Guess I’ll find out if the client is happy sometime today as I think they were hoping for a less “glossy” finish.

Thanks for looking.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#1 posted 01-27-2011 12:21 AM

I think it is cool looking. And preference on finish is all over the ball park. I imagine they are tickled.
It was a very nice thing for you to do.

-- TulsaWoodSmith, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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#2 posted 01-27-2011 12:19 PM

Nice, I built one a while ago as well. Looks great!

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

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