Reclaimed Heart Pine Surround and Mantel

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Project by Aubrey posted 07-19-2007 02:28 AM 2958 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project that I designed and built for a customer.

The fireplace originally had just an ordinary mantel with wooden corbels. No surround. The mantel was dwarfed by the overall size of the brick fireplace. The customer was unhappy and that’s where I came in.

I went over, took measurements, and spoke with the customer about what she, and her husband, would like to have as a replacement. When I sort of narrowed down what they were looking for I got to work doing some sketches.

I provided them with six different design possibilities, each with differing elements. They chose a relatively plain design.

The wood that I used is reclaimed heart pine. It was in a building that was 125 years old. I cleaned it well, lightly sanded it to remove some of the graying and to reveal the hidden color contained below.

I applied a couple of coats of boiled linseed oil and then topped it off with a satin varnish.

-- Jesus was a Jewish carpenter.

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#1 posted 07-19-2007 04:13 AM

Nice job Aubrey. I’ll bet it looks even better when you dim the lights and throw a couple logs on the fire.

Isn’t heart pine a real heavy wood?

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 07-19-2007 04:18 AM

Great fireplace. It’s a nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 07-19-2007 03:20 PM

with those bricks. you couldn’t only go for some old reclaimed wood. (well lots of choices, but this being the best)

it’s beautiful

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#4 posted 08-04-2007 05:12 PM

Wow, very nice. That’s a job the LOML wants me to tackle next.
Thanks for some great ideas!

-- Russ - Bloomingdale, IL

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#5 posted 08-05-2007 04:08 AM

Nice design and job.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#6 posted 08-16-2007 11:19 PM

I really like this mantel. Nice use of reclaimed wood as well!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 08-23-2007 01:37 AM

Very nice fireplace mantel, I build my mantel as well with reclaimed wood like your you did, but yours is much more inpresive than mine. Great craftsmenship

-- Jeff B.

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