Mantel before Christmas. ...only 11 months late

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Project by Splitblade posted 12-07-2015 09:37 AM 1124 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished a mantel for my wife, mantel was made out of walnut, carved 4 window(was aiming for old irish cottage windows, something that someone would be showing off that their grandfather’s grandfather built the house and carved these windows kinda look).
Attached to the back of the windows oak branches leaves and acorns carved out of cherry wood, added a racoon owl and squirrel for fun, wanted to add a little door as well with a little gnome for the kids to find but didn’t account for the walnut windows in front of the carving, so it became a B+A in a heart for me and my wife (her idea and I liked the save, was a good idea). Stained the background antique cherry, I don’t like the artificial cherry look but it was a good background to make the carving pop.
Attached the sides with finger joints and ebony plugs, I don’t know if I can call it Greene and Greene inspired or not but I’ve always liked the look.
Cut the trim out of the walnut and cherry with a ebony Dimond in the center, first time doing trim, wasn’t as bad as I thought.
Attached to the wall with a french cleat, but I didn’t want it to get pushed off (like if some one stood under it and hit their shoulder and poped it up), so I added a sliding dovetail in the center of the French cleat so it had to slide down onto the cleat, and since it required a mallet persuasion to be seated, it isn’t going anywhere any time soon.
So promise my wife she would have a mantel for Christmas, only 11 months late….lol oh well time to get back working on her mother’s day gift, and I wish I was joking….
Found a absolutely gorgeous piece of curly walnut with x shaped sap wood in the center, love including sap in walnut if it looks right.

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#1 posted 12-08-2015 05:31 AM

Impressive work, I really like the carving

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