Cedar Mantle

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Project by Monte Pittman posted 618 days ago 3647 views 3 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another local contractor wanted a Red Cedar slab for a fireplace mantle. A few may have read my blog on getting the cedar logs. The slab was 4” thick, 10” wide and 72” long. Used a pressure washer to clean off soot and bark.

I didn’t install it, so picture 4 is all I have of the finished project. Had a happy ending though,they paid me double what I asked! :-)

Thanks for looking

-- 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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#1 posted 618 days ago

Cant complain with double payment! Looks great!

-- Jay - or

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#2 posted 618 days ago

Once again Monte we see why when it comes to cedar…you are the man!!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#3 posted 618 days ago

Monte, I’d say you hit it out of the park. Would you mind sharing about the age of the wood, moisture content, what drying considerations you took into account? I have some similar cedar and might be interested in something similar.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#4 posted 618 days ago

I love the colors, contrast, and patterned the heartwood, sapwood and knots make in cedar.

-- Ted

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#5 posted 618 days ago

This was trees that had been caught in a fire about 6 months ago. Mother natures kiln. So when I cut it up, it was already at 9%. Normal live trees I couldn’t have turned around that fast. Although I am hoping by spring to have constructed a regular kiln in my shop for drying slabs.

-- 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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#6 posted 618 days ago

Great looking mantle. It’s simple, but elegant. I like it.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#7 posted 618 days ago

Excelent.Excelent. Excelent. Love the colours. Great work

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#8 posted 618 days ago

Beautiful work Monte, you deserved a bonus on this one!

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#9 posted 618 days ago

What a pile of cedar! Nice job on the mantle….. you sure are one prolific woodworker!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#10 posted 618 days ago

A beautiful hunk-a-hunk-a wood.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#11 posted 618 days ago

Beautiful wood, beautiful work on the mantel. You have one very nice stash of red cedar there.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#12 posted 618 days ago

Wonderful wood Monte. I love Cedar, but we don’t have it here as far as I know. It would seem we have the right climate for it though. The mantle looks really beautiful. You were lucky to have harvested it already dry.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 618 days ago

Beautiful piece of wood and it looks great above that fireplace.

Good job and the final payment says it all about your work!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#14 posted 618 days ago

really nice load of cedar, the mantle looks good, and folks will know you have some available for future projects…when are you getting the mill you talked about…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#15 posted 618 days ago

Very nice, I love me a slab of Cedar.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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