Large Mantel from Walnut Slabs

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Project by McaroJCC posted 10-23-2018 01:32 PM 1198 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first commissioned project for anyone who wasn’t a personal friend; although he was referred by a friend. The guy runs a tree service and had put back a bunch of walnut slabs that had been drying for over a year. He wanted “the largest fireplace mantel I can get” made out of them. What you see in the pics is the result.

The real challenge (other than milling, which is always fun) was that every slab he brought me (5 in all) was a different thickness, width, length, and grain pattern. The end result was a floating-shelf-style mantel that had some of the best looking crotch figuring I’ve seen. Solving the problems and seeing his pleased reaction when he picked it up made the whole process worth while.

I used routed grooves and dowels to join the pieces and the final dimensions were 96” x 12” x 11.5”. It was left unfinished at his request. That was my only regret—not getting to see that grain pop under a tung oil finish.

-- MCaro, St. Charles, MO

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#1 posted 10-23-2018 07:36 PM

That is a nice big mantle. He should like it!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 10-24-2018 03:00 AM

That is a nice big mantle. He should like it!!

cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh

Thanks, Jim; and he very much did. He couldn’t stop gushing over it when he picked it up. I couldn’t have asked for a better response.

-- MCaro, St. Charles, MO

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#3 posted 10-25-2018 01:31 AM

Very Nice Work & Very Well Done MCaro!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#4 posted 10-26-2018 02:36 AM

Thank you, Rick!

-- MCaro, St. Charles, MO

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#5 posted 10-30-2018 11:03 AM

I like the story a lot. Wish you could have finished it off too. Would like to see that wood pop my self.

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