Mom's Mantle on a budget.

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Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 503 days ago 1271 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I’ve been promising mom a mantle for ever and a day. I have NO idea when I actually promised the mantle or if I was just told that I promised her. Either way – Here it is.

Cedar fence pickets on the skin. Framing 2X4’s split in half for the structure.

Above hearth opening, on bottom side of mantle is hardy board spray painted black. I added a layer of thin ripped cedar so it would match up flush with the sides and back.

You can see from the images that I did not have a single flat place to rest the mantle. For each leg, I added 4 adjustable felted slides. I a\was able to screw the down tight so the two legs rest securely on the hearthstone.

To attach it to the wall, I simply secured a level cleat to the wall with 4 toggle type nuts and 4 quarter inch bolts.

I left most of the top OFF the mantle so I could attach it to the cleat with some screws. After that I finished skinning it out and we remounted the TV above it.

I’m not sure what these joints are called where the sides of the boards over lap each other so I’m guessing Lap joints?? That’s what’s hidden from the naked eye.

Mom thinks I’m incredible. You all don’t tell her otherwise please. ;) Thanks for looking

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#1 posted 502 days ago

Nice build Mark….I am sure mom is still bragging on her ever so creative son…

-- 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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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 502 days ago

Great job. Mom will give you plenty of free promotion for this.

-- 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 502 days ago


As you know, Moms are the ‘Best Customers in the Whole World’.

So did she get the 10% family discount? :-)

Well done, my friend.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#4 posted 502 days ago

Nice rustic look to go with the stone. Nicely done!

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#5 posted 502 days ago

Hey guys, thank you much. Moms are the best promoters? I can see that. She’s got every relative in a hundred miles wanting me to do something – for free.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 501 days ago

Nice one Mark! You came through on you promise!!............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 498 days ago

Looks great and matches well with the stone. Beautiful wood and great build. Mom is very lucky!

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