Shelf over the propane stove

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Project by janice posted 07-06-2010 05:23 PM 2442 views 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is more of that cedar from a friend. I wanted to make this look more like a mantel than a shelf, but I didnt really achieve that. I did get some great advise on how to hollow out the log supports and mount them from another LJ buddie, (ken90712) but I can’t do it. Not just yet anyway, so I hung it like this. My chiesels are all dull from using them on the concrete floor scraping the varnish off. I guess I could get them sharpened and try it again later, but for now it’s hung with screws and washers and it’s tight.
Not much to say about this one. It’s joined together with biscuits and glue and a few hidden screws from underneath, just incase. I peeled the bark off, sanded it down and just clear coated it with varnish. I like it. It gives more of that rustic feel to the cabin. Thanks for looking.

-- Janice

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#1 posted 07-06-2010 05:34 PM


Nice work but: as a former fire chief you may want to check the manufacturers recommendations for proper clearences of the heater to combustibles such as the wall paneling and furniture. We used the slogan, “Space heaters need space, at least 36” from anything that may burn”......... Also how is this unit vented? Propane needs O2 to burn and gives off CO which is deadly.


-- Ted Pagels, Green Bay, WI

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#2 posted 07-06-2010 05:35 PM

janice ,

this looks right ,
it gives a touch to the corner .

i’m not in to ‘live’ edges to much ,
(i saw to many hippie projects ) ,

but this i like , you brought out the simple design ,
and hidden beauty well .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 07-06-2010 05:38 PM

Well done, Janice. Like David said…. it fits just right!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 07-06-2010 05:38 PM

I like your shelf, Janice. Nice and ‘rustic’ to go with the cabin.


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#5 posted 07-06-2010 06:03 PM

Thanks guys.
Fireone, that thing scares me. It’s only going to be used occassionaly when we are in that room. It’s not our main source of heat. We are gutting the old cabin downstairs and when that is finished I’ll be moving furniture out of there too for more room. The tag on this unit said 12 inches from the wall. I don’t know anything about the installlation or vented. I crack a window if we have it on. I’m considering tiling behind it or brick. The floor it is on is tile. Any advised would be appreciated. Everyone out there uses them, but I don’t trust them. My husband just finished installing central heat and air. Much safer way to go.

-- Janice

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#6 posted 07-06-2010 06:05 PM

By the way, the candle on the shelf is battery operated. I don’t like using real candles there either.

-- Janice

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#7 posted 07-06-2010 06:41 PM

Janice great work girl! I’m proud of you. One day when your free will have to chat on the phone about the way I hollowed out the support logs for the mantle ( you can do it ). I didn’t use my chesils alot but some, so you will need some sharp ones. ( They always say a dull chesil is more dangerous then a sharp one!) I just spent 4 hrs yesterday sharpening all mine along withmy planes.
Your mantle looks great keep it up!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 07-06-2010 08:08 PM

Nice job

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

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#9 posted 07-06-2010 09:13 PM

Lookin’ good form here :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 07-06-2010 10:06 PM

Janice, this is what I expect from you. What a big change in the attitude in doing what you can do? I like very much that you accepted “I wanted to make this look more like a mantel than a shelf, but I didnt really achieve that.” As for me, whatever names found the book, the most important is the reality that YOU MADE IT! I love the corner look and its very functional.

Regarding the propane stove… It is portable, therefore just put it away 36” as required. Anyway, what is important is safety consciousness of the people using it. I suggest for your next challenge, build a rustic corner stand over that area to match your cedar shelf. That would be challenging and develop more skills in you including sharpening a chisel… Take your time.

-- Bert

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#11 posted 07-06-2010 10:10 PM

Nice looking mantel.
What will you do in your spare time when the cabin is done?

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#12 posted 07-06-2010 10:22 PM

Thanks guys.
Bert, I did build a rustic platform for it. You just can’t see it in this picture. It is one one of my other projects page. Thanks for the comments.

-- Janice

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#13 posted 07-06-2010 10:49 PM

Janice, Is that the one you want to throw away?... can also be seen at the left corner of your picture #2 … It looks good to me… All you need to do.. Get a new stone and BANG it on the TOP… ha, ha, ha… Joke only. But actually the lower portion is good. THE HEIGHT IS STILL RIGHT. MAKE a new top oversized 2” and put it on the top without screw but only double sided tape on each corner top… this will not destroy the finish of the former top…

-- Bert

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#14 posted 07-06-2010 11:03 PM

Hey neighbor, very nice rustic look on your mantel. Great Job.

-- Jeff, Missouri ,"Just because your not bleeding, dont mean your turning safely!"..............

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#15 posted 07-07-2010 12:22 AM

Cool project with some great imagination. Makes the home more personal. Beautiful wood…..........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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