Simple Reclaimed Beam Mantle

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Project by Porter Barn Wood posted 11-22-2012 07:33 PM 4135 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of the h4s (hand-hewn four sides) softwood beams from our barn wood lot. The customer picked it out and gave us the dimensions. They wanted it natural (unfinished). It’s held up by a red oak french cleat. The cleat sits in a routed out pocket in the back of the beam and is 3/4” thick. It’s fastened to the beam with screws and to the stucco/block with 1/4” lags/anchors. I also countersunk some masonry screws in the top after it was installed to secure it in place. It’s 52” wide. Very simple. Very quick installation. Very inexpensive. This beam came out of an old barn in Michigan.

-- Thomas Porter - Porter Barn Wood

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#1 posted 11-22-2012 07:37 PM

Impressive hunk of wood and a unique mantel.

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#2 posted 11-23-2012 10:08 AM

Simple looking maybe. But hanging it was probably a pain. I like the thought on this.

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

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#3 posted 11-24-2012 04:36 AM

That is exactly what my mother wants for a mantle. Thanks for the tip on the cleat!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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