Lot of bs'ing in this mantel......umm blacksmithing

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Project by Splitblade posted 01-30-2016 09:12 AM 1573 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made another mantel for the second fireplace, this one slipcover style. My wife wanted a rustic looking beam, to match the cinder block wall and beams on the vaulted ceiling (kinda rustic looking living room for lack of beter words). I attached 3 boards of soft maple with lock miter joints. Carved a simple celtic carving in the front and textured the front board. Hit the whole thing with a dark brown stain.

Pulled out the anvil and hammers and textured the metal then formed them into straps, did the same thing to some 8×8 sheets of steel for the end caps, then soaked the metal in some vinegar to darken the metal for a aged look.

Tried something new on the bolts (being held in with t-nuts ) after texturing I put them in the oven till they turned a nice crimson red, tried to capture that in the photos, but I think the room lighting wouldn’t do it justice. Overall a unique peice and definitely got to try a few new things.

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#1 posted 01-31-2016 12:08 AM

Great job – No BS! (LOL) I like that textured front – and the metal straps make it look like you rescued a cross beam from a mediaeval castle. Now hide those wires and you’ll have a real showpiece. :) My sister had something similar made for her fieldstone fireplace wall – except she went with a live edge beam for the rustic look – I like yours better. Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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#2 posted 01-31-2016 02:23 AM

That looks really cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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