Fireplace Mantel

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Project by mcoyfrog posted 04-21-2014 06:15 PM 1504 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Client wanted a slab of wood look. She was so excited when I brought it in and installed it, said it was exactly what she wanted. Whew, the reveal is always the nervous part for me. I was so glad she liked it, between you and me I had a lot of mistakes to hide LOL.

So its 4/4 oak that I picked out so when I mitered the top to the front the grain would match. I pocket holed the sides to the top and front for extra strength then a dark walnut stain with my modernized french polish finish.

I seen another lumberjock here recently did a nice cherry mantel and asked him how he attached it, so I went with the very popular commercial grade adhesive also.

Anyway let me know what you think, good bad ugly whatever hee hee

Thanks for checking it out

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#1 posted 04-21-2014 08:35 PM

Very nice..

Changes the look of the fireplace a lot!

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#2 posted 04-21-2014 10:43 PM

Nice looking mantle. The color is great.

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#3 posted 04-21-2014 11:57 PM

Certainly an improvement : ) Very nice color and finish.

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#4 posted 04-22-2014 04:02 AM

Well done!

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#5 posted 04-22-2014 07:55 AM

OOOH, that did wonders for that fireplace! Great job, and the color is amazing on that oak

-- I don't make mistakes, I make design challenges!

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#6 posted 04-22-2014 06:27 PM

Thanks all, the client said she had been wanting something like it for 18yrs LOL, now she just retired and said she will not be putting these things off anymore. So I’m on to the kitchen woot woot.

Thanks again for all the kind comments

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#7 posted 06-03-2014 10:16 AM

Very Nice Mantel!! I am going to be re doing an existing mantel and I was thinking of doing it like this. I’ve never done this before and any tips or more photos of the assembly process would be appreciated. Are all the joints mitered? It looks like you built a box in the shop and then installed it. How did you do the ends? What type of adhesive did you use on the installation? Did you use some sort of temporary inner supports during the assembly? Are the pocket screw on the inside? I can’t tell from the photos. Again, any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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#8 posted 06-03-2014 06:37 PM

Hey Steve thanks

Well the top and front are the only pieces that were mitered the sides were just butt jointed. I did use pocket screws to attach the sides to the top and front from the inside. I really wanted the top and front to match grain as close as possible so I spent a lot of time at the lumber yard matching up pieces until I got two that I liked. Depended on how wide the boards are you might be able to get it all out of one piece (I could not).

When you set up to do the miter really plan it out because with that long of a miter cut you will have some bowing, using a feather board on top will eliminate most of that going thru the table saw. I don’t have any outfeed table per se so I had my son stand at the back and gently hold the weight as the boards cam out.

When assembling it I clamped things down on my workbench and before I let the clamps undone I put a few nails thru the mitered edge so as to act as dowels and keep the miter straight and not bowed.

The front of the fireplace had varying stones sticking out, having a total change in distance of about 1 1/2 from the top stone ledge. They weren’t worried about the bottom front being scribed to the stone (whew!!) so I just added a couple strips to give the illusion that the wood was thicker then it really was.

Finally I used the commercial grade adhesive (liquid nails) to attach it to the top of the stone. I’ve done other mantels with a lot more parts (side panels and such) where i had to attach to the wall with screws and adhesive. You just have to make sure you DO NOT PUNCTURE the firebox (chimney). I’ve been a drafter for many years and a lot of that time was spent with architects so I know first hand that doing that is massive code violations let alone the obvious chance of smoke getting loose behind your mantel.

Anyway when I get home I’ll check and see if I have any pictures that might help, let me know if you have any questions.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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