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Floating mantel from white ash for a friend

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Project by davidwww posted 10-28-2021 12:26 AM 404 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this floating mantel with wrapped grain on the sides for a friend. It’s white ash stained with Early American (I think – she stained it). I was surprised how much it looks like oak when stained… I have a LOT of ash on hand so this gives me some ideas for where I can use it and how cleanly it stains.

I had to build a large crosscut sled to make my miters and such (gave up on having a miter saw as I just don’t have the space). Overall the construction (as you guessed) was easy and straightforward.

Demoing out the wall (covered in 1in brick panel with a brick wall behind it) was a bit challenging and took a good amount of prep, but overall it was fairly easy. Simple build for sure. Can be improved but overall I’m happy with how it came out.





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Eric

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#1 posted 10-28-2021 12:44 AM

That looks very nice, great job with the wrap around ends.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#2 posted 10-28-2021 02:17 AM

Looks great. Nice job on the wrapped ends.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#3 posted 10-28-2021 02:16 PM

I am being asked to build a mantel as well. How did you attach the mantel to the bricks?

-- Ric, Western Oregon, "Design thrice, measure twice, cut once... slap forehead, start over"

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davidwww

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#4 posted 11-06-2021 02:21 PM


That looks very nice, great job with the wrap around ends.

- Eric

Thank you Eric! My favorite detail by far.

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#5 posted 11-06-2021 02:21 PM


Looks great. Nice job on the wrapped ends.

- swirt

Thanks swirt, very kind :)

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#6 posted 11-06-2021 02:26 PM


I am being asked to build a mantel as well. How did you attach the mantel to the bricks?

- DrPuk2U

Hey DrPuk2U, basically there is a 1” deep layer of some type of manufactured brick board (the grey/black/white stuff obviously), and behind THAT is another brick wall.

I cut a slot into the brick board that’s really tight, a friction fit actually, for the dimensions of the mantle. Then I attached basically a 2×4 ledger into the brick wall with concrete anchors along with two smaller side pieces, applied construction adhesive to all the internal surfaces that would make contact, and hung/tapped the mantle in place.

Then I used 18ga brad nails to nail the top and sides of the mantle to the ledger pieces.

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