Fireplace Mantel

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Project by woodshaver (Tony) posted 10-07-2012 02:31 PM 3504 views 22 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!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#1 posted 10-07-2012 02:51 PM

Yes,it looks nice !!!


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#2 posted 10-07-2012 03:20 PM

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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#3 posted 10-07-2012 03:30 PM

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?

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#4 posted 10-07-2012 04:11 PM

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.

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#5 posted 10-07-2012 04:25 PM

Fist let me say thanks for the nice comments!


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.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 10-07-2012 05:39 PM

Beautiful and clean. It’s very nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 10-07-2012 06:49 PM

Wow! Very, Very, Nice!!


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#8 posted 10-07-2012 07:02 PM

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


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#9 posted 10-07-2012 07:16 PM

Very nice job. Very refined.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 10-07-2012 07:21 PM

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

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#11 posted 10-07-2012 11:05 PM

Thanks everyone for all the nice comments!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#12 posted 10-08-2012 07:53 AM

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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#13 posted 10-08-2012 11:00 AM


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

See the one I built for my son.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#14 posted 10-08-2012 12:57 PM

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

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#15 posted 10-08-2012 02:45 PM

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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