Fireplace Mantle

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Project by Carbide posted 01-29-2012 11:19 PM 1340 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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. :)

-- When it feels like a job, it isn't a hobby anymore.

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#1 posted 01-29-2012 11:23 PM

Looks good nice work

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#2 posted 01-29-2012 11:30 PM

I’m sure your friend is extremely happy with this wonderful mantle.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#3 posted 01-29-2012 11:39 PM

Beautiful mantle , awesome design , but too classy and glossy for its present location.
The fireplace / rock veneer , surrounded by earth-tone colorings , is screaming for a more rustic mantle. JMHO : )
Keep up the good work !!

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#4 posted 01-29-2012 11:40 PM

Great work!

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

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#5 posted 01-29-2012 11:44 PM

Beautitul! How do you hange it?

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#6 posted 01-30-2012 12:11 AM

Thanks for the comments guys! I would have to agree with you Dusty. Not my choice either…. I had no idea what it was going against.

Fred he just hung a 2X8 on the wall and rested the mantle on top of the 2X8. It is hollow on the back side. The screws attaching it to the 2X8 were hidden by the stone.

-- When it feels like a job, it isn't a hobby anymore.

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#7 posted 01-30-2012 01:35 AM

Love walnut, this is a great mantle. Well done!

-- Laywer by day, Carpenter by later in the day.

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#8 posted 01-30-2012 05:06 AM

Thank you for not being offended : ) Your Craftsmanship really shows !
Your mantle IS wonderful , just out of place with its present surroundings : )
Kind of like seeing a Rolls Royce in a trailer park. LOL

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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