Designing a folding fireplace mantel

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Forum topic by Roibeárd posted 07-24-2013 01:55 PM 1005 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-24-2013 01:55 PM

My brother has asked me to build him a fireplace mantel for his weekend cabin.
However, his request has an unusual twist.

The cabin is small. When guests visit, he would to be able to fold the mantel out (either up or down) to use it like a sideboard. When not in use it should look like a mantel.

I have some ideas, but wonder it anyone has suggestions where I might get other ideas. Thanks!


-- [yet another] Bob, lost in the wilds of New Jersey :-)

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#1 posted 08-29-2013 03:48 AM

What an interesting project, how did you solve it?

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#2 posted 08-29-2013 02:03 PM

Is the end result intended for it to be wider, so that more things could be placed on it? Or do you want it lower, like a table/sideboard height? Or both?

A simple dropleaf across the front, with slides that come out to hold it open would make it easy to double the width. For height, maybe do the sides as a T shape or something with a dado, so the mantle could slide up/down in tracks and maybe have pegs to lock it in at different heights?

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#3 posted 08-29-2013 04:11 PM

Thanks for answering!

Mark: It is and I haven’t found a solution yet.

Mike: The intended result is to be wider. I like your second idea. However, it is a working fireplace so sliding the mantel down could cause some “excitement” at his get-togethers. :-)

I am leaning towards a dropleaf with the mantel staying at its normal height. But I think it needs to fold out of the way. Otherwise, it leaves something to hit your head on when using the fireplace. My brother isn’t particular if the extension folds up or down. (I was thinking down with extension held against the underside of the main piece by magnets.) However, when the extension is tucked away, the hinges must be invisible. It needs to look like a normal mantel when viewed from the front. I thought of a SOSS hinge. But I need the opposite visual effect. Is there such an animal? Do I make sense? :-)

-- [yet another] Bob, lost in the wilds of New Jersey :-)

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