Fire place mantle

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Project by Todd Barrone posted 12-08-2013 07:02 AM 1537 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A customer placed an order for a fireplace mantle. 5’ long x 17” avg with x 3” thick. I had a lot of trouble with the finish on this project, I think it was the cold weather. I cut the mantle out of a 7’ slab and used the scrap from the slab for the mantle feet.

-- "The Cedar King"

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#1 posted 12-08-2013 07:54 AM

Looks good, nice character with the branch piece extruding like that.

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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#2 posted 12-08-2013 08:18 AM

Finish looks pretty good from here Todd….lol Another great project buddy

-- 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 12-08-2013 11:25 AM

That looks very nice to me, and the finish does also. Love it.

Thanks for showing.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 12-08-2013 02:47 PM

beautiful mantle,the customer should be very happy.great piece as always!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#5 posted 12-08-2013 03:23 PM

nice wood

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#6 posted 12-08-2013 03:31 PM

Nice mantle and wood,,,, Love the color.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 12-08-2013 03:33 PM

That’s a nice mantle and the wood is beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 12-08-2013 05:43 PM

My personal bias is away from a heavy high gloss finish. It leaves me feeling like the wood is under a plastic shrink wrap and I want to take it off to really see the wood. There are times when this looks good but not without tons and tons of work, which makes it unpractical for turning a profit on a commissioned project. Here is an example of a Sam Maloof finish that is a heavier high gloss and it looks spectacular.

If you read that post, you will hear tell how hard this is to accomplish. The other photos are Sam Maloof finishes that also take longer but leave you feeling like you are really in touch with the wood. It’s not easy to find a balance between something cost effective and something that doesn’t mask the beauty and texture of the wood.

Like I said this is just my personal bias, and it’s not for everyone.

(That’s an LJ Project: )

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#9 posted 12-08-2013 05:44 PM

Great job on that mantle,Todd That is a big piece to handle!! Love the finish you got on it!!

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

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#10 posted 12-08-2013 06:30 PM

Nice work, It looks like the wood was dry, I just had a guy bring me 100 board feet of Walnut, some of it
17” wide. to surface plain, after I started running some of it I could feel the moisture in the side I just planned, good thing I have a moisture meter , it was reading between 20 – 25 %.

Called him and asked how long it had been dried, 2 months. Sorry not long enough.
Should have asked questions first.

-- Furniture By Douglas, Comstock Park, MI

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Todd Barrone

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#11 posted 12-08-2013 06:49 PM

Thanks every one for all you comments and suggestions.

-- "The Cedar King"

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#12 posted 12-08-2013 08:34 PM

Great job buddy. I absolutely love the finish you put on this one. I can imagine this piece with any other finish on it. AWESOME job buddy.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#13 posted 12-09-2013 01:55 PM

very nice

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