Mantel and desktop

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Project by Gregg M. posted 07-13-2017 08:06 PM 823 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I completed this mantel and built-in desktop for a home that was being renovated. The owner wanted a mantel that looked like it dated the house which was around 1870. The wood is white oak (much quarter sawn) and the finish is varnish (General Finishes Urethane Topcoat). I found the wood for the mantel outside at a local lumber yard. It was being used to keep large tree slabs out of the mud and off of the ground so that fork lifts could get to them. It was a heavy piece at about 10 ft long and 9” T and 12” W. It was resawed on a large saw mill so that two of the edges were flat and fresh. The other edges were gray and muddy. I used a wire brush in a drill to remove the mud and much of the gray. I then spent some time sanding the heck out of it. The desktop was made out of 5/4 white oak. The planks were joined together using loose tenons. The desk is about 9 ft long and 21” W.

-- Marvel Woodworking, West Chester, PA -

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#1 posted 07-13-2017 09:18 PM

They look great Gregg. Neat story behind the mantel. The desktop looks good too. I’ve been toying with the idea of a wooden kitchen counter and your desktop gives me so many ideas (None of which I have time for). It would look great for a kitchen or bathroom counter too if you ever went in that direction in the future. Great job.

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

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#2 posted 07-14-2017 02:39 AM

Good looking projects!!

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