Reclaimed Maple Beam Mantle

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Project by Porter Barn Wood posted 617 days ago 2163 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a simple reclaimed mantle we put in a historic home in Phoenix. The customer came to the yard and picked out the beam that we cut this from. You’ll see the pictures of how we made a french cleat for it in the shop and installed it in their home. This is my favorite way to float smaller mantles. It’s simple, strong, and hidden from view. There is no finish applied yet. The customer wanted to possibly leave it natural or apply their own. We did caulk it as well to keep any debris from falling in the cracks behind it. There are a few trade secrets I’m not showing in the pictures, but I can’t give away all my secrets, right?

-- Thomas Porter - Porter Barn Wood

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#1 posted 617 days ago

is that just french cleat holding it up? thats awesome!! Great looking mantle!!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 617 days ago

Solid and beautiful.

By the way, your perfectly welcome to give away all of your trade secrets :-)

-- 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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#3 posted 617 days ago

I would have never imagined that this was mounted with a French Cleat! Wow! Great job!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#4 posted 617 days ago

Looks good to me !

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#5 posted 616 days ago

You can share your trade secrets here! I mean, after all, it’s lumber jocks! haha jk. That’s beautiful though. I love rustic lumber and the floating aspect is awesome.

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