Dining room fireplace mantel replacement

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Project by MichaelT77 posted 08-23-2012 12:55 AM 2554 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I replaced the mantel and fireplace surround in our dining room. Non-working fireplace, used to have a gas-burner (95-yr-old house). The old mantel looked pretty bad, and the fireplace and surround were glazed subway tile with four or five hand-painted tiles thrown in (pictures of fish). So, I took it on as a project. The walls have since been repainted. The wood is all red oak. Urethane finish. Didn’t have room for extra pictures, but during the process, I ran a hand-held Makita saw (about a 4” blade) across three of my fingers. Really stupid move. I should find another place to post my safety photos. I used biscuits to join the pieces of wood for the mantel (it extends back a few inches on either side of the chimney). Turned out OK, and my fingers healed (but it was pretty scary for a couple seconds).

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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#1 posted 08-23-2012 02:23 AM

Really, really beautiful

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 08-23-2012 02:33 AM

Nice job Michael! All your componets complement each other. All your lines are well balanced and the end product completes the room in harmony!!!!! Well done.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#3 posted 08-23-2012 02:45 AM

This is a really nice project and improvement. The pictures are nice, sorry to hear about the finger mishap.

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#4 posted 08-23-2012 02:30 PM

Very nice looking fireplace surround,good job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 08-23-2012 02:31 PM

You know what Michael, do did a fantastic job! The mantel is beautiful. I bet you get a satisfied feeling everytime you look at it.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#6 posted 08-23-2012 02:36 PM

Im impressed with both the build and the fact that you didnt even get any blood on the lumber that i can see. Glad youre healing well.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#7 posted 08-23-2012 02:36 PM

Nice work!

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#8 posted 08-23-2012 08:59 PM

Well done!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#9 posted 08-25-2012 03:42 AM

Really nice job. I too am impressed you didn’t get blood on the wood ! Been there.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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