|Project by Carbide||posted 01-29-2012 11:19 PM||1198 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
I friend of mine is building a new house and asked me if I could build a fireplace mantle. I told him that I have never done anything like that before but would give it a shot. So he gives me this picture of what he wants it to look like. The picture showed the mantle hung on a wall and was about 1/2” X 2” in size. Luckily I found the same picture on the internet and was able to blow it up to get a better look at how it was constructed. I went to my local lumber supplier to buy some expensive walnut. I picked out the perfect pieces and started joining and planing. I tried to leave the exposed boards in one piece to show off the beautiful grain. It took 16 pieces glued together to make the “feet”. The “feet” are 10 1/2 inches by 10 1/2 inches by 8 inches thick. Those two chunks of wood cost $88.00 each and I sure didn’t want to mess that up trying to cut the curve out. It is built very solid and the guy loved it so much he wants me to build one for his other fireplace. :)
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