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Project by woodshaver posted 653 days ago 2053 views 21 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We didn’t like the molding surrounding our fireplace so one of the first things on the list of many things to do in this house we moved into a while back was build a fireplace mantel.
At HD’s I found a nice knot free clear pine 2”x8”x 8’ that I used to make the large cove molding under the shelf top. I made the cove molding on my table saw.
The top shelf is pine and all the molding set-in’s or inlays are pine made with my Router. All the flat facing surfaces are MDF. And yes It’s painted… boo hoo! But everyone says it looks nice!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!





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Lidiya Blaznina

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#1 posted 653 days ago

Yes,it looks nice !!!

-- Lidiya,Russia.http://www.reznoe.ru/

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luv2learn

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#2 posted 653 days ago

Great craftsmanship Tony, it really sets off the fireplace. I haven’t been brave enough to try making molding profiles on my table saw yet. In fact I was just looking at the table saw jigs in the Rockler catalog for doing just that. But you know me, I will probably figure out how to make one :).

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Blackie_

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#3 posted 653 days ago

I don’t think it looks nice, I think it looks awesome. :)

WS, did you have plans to go by or was this your design, something you came up with?

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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woodshaver

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#4 posted 653 days ago

Lee, Abut the cove cut…

I made this jig that gives me a look at the cut to be made. I adjust the jig to the blade. It gives me the width of the cove and the angle I need. You center your work over the balde clamp on a stright edge and then raise the bade a little at a time, slide your work over the blade until you get the cove you want.

new picture

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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woodshaver

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#5 posted 653 days ago

Fist let me say thanks for the nice comments!

Randy,

I did a google search and found a picture that looks just like the one I made. I just built it from the photo I found in the internet.

This is the picture off the internet I used to make our mantel.

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 653 days ago

Beautiful and clean. It’s very nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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woodchic

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#7 posted 653 days ago

Wow! Very, Very, Nice!!

AKA…..................Woodchic

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Jamie Speirs

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#8 posted 653 days ago

It just screams Class

Very nice mantle

I’m on the lookout for Mantles as

I’ve three inglenook fireplaces to dress up

Thanks for Sharing

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Monte Pittman

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#9 posted 653 days ago

Very nice job. Very refined.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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exelectrician

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#10 posted 653 days ago

Your woodwork class teacher just knew you could do it – and you did ! well done!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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woodshaver

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#11 posted 653 days ago

Thanks everyone for all the nice comments!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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JohnMeeley

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#12 posted 653 days ago

I agree that it is a classic design and well executed.
As for the boo hoo paint, the finish looks flawless to me.
You have a nice home.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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woodshaver

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#13 posted 652 days ago

John,

I was just having fun saying boo-hoo about the paint. Nothing wrong with painting a project.
I just said that because I know most people like to see “the wood” and it’s beauty that show through in a project. But we enjoy looking at the mantel surround in its painted state. When I built the mantel our funds were low so I had to come up with a way to save money. MDF is really cheap but you can make things with it that look good when painted!

Thanks John and all for the great comments!

Another look at the build
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VshedGfs4Ig&feature=share&list=UUjXV9PHix-QNTiP63-Sv0bQ

See the one I built for my son.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyEYN5JX2eM&feature=share&list=UUjXV9PHix-QNTiP63-Sv0bQ

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Woodbridge

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#14 posted 652 days ago

You’ve done a great job. The mantle looks great.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Rb12

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#15 posted 652 days ago

well done, looks great! I can sympathize with teh painting comment; I am redoing a room now (cabinets/molding) and my wife agreed to it under the auspice that it was all white. Sometimes you have to know the fights worth fighting. But fantastic work

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