fireplace mantle

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Project by Kate posted 09-17-2010 11:18 PM 2177 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a different sort of project for me. Despite what I tend to post on this forum, I’m mostly a box maker (check out my website wooden box maker” if you’re interested). This time a customer wanted a fireplace mantle. How could I refuse? Glad I didn’t, I had fun making it. Maybe I’ll replace ours next. Really changes a room.

Made from cherry and maple.

Thanks for looking.

-- Kate,

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#1 posted 09-17-2010 11:21 PM

Outstanding…It does make a big difference…

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 09-17-2010 11:22 PM

It really looks good, Kate. It sure does change the room a lot! I liked that you also put the ‘before’ picture up for us to see. I did a mantle once and it was a lot more difficult than I would have thought. But it looks as if you did a bang-up job on this. The clients should really be happy!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 09-18-2010 01:12 AM

Too cool, Kate!
I love the lines. The wood combination really complements the design.
Think of it as a big box… for a fire!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#4 posted 09-18-2010 03:10 AM

pretty cool Kate, it lightens up that wall completely.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 09-18-2010 04:13 AM

Kate – you did not make that mantle!!! Wow, but if you did, you’re one cool lady – and courageous too! Boy, does it ever change the appearance. Great job!


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#6 posted 09-18-2010 09:02 PM

It really brings that room to life !! Great job. Kate : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 09-19-2010 12:01 AM

Beautiful mantel, looks very nice for a first. I visited your web page. It was very interesting, you are quite the craft person. I was interested to know if you put a rubber seal around an ashe urn that you would make for a pet owner. I know of others that make urns for people that do, is why I’m asking. Of course you could make the top fit tight enough to make it airtight but with wood contraction/expansion do you ever have a problem, or do you use a seal? mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 09-20-2010 12:27 AM

I like the traditional meets modern look nice choice of woods

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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