1 Brazillian Cherry Mantel

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Project by oicurn2it2 posted 02-02-2008 07:34 PM 2591 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

hey Guys ,
this is what ive been working on and just so happens to come with a story
frist the piece 48” x 6.5” x 11”
lock mitered box with keyed details and three african lacewood bow ties 3/8” thick in layed
sanded to 400 finished with 5 coats of “Water Lox”

bar none the most complex box built to date and newly aquainted to the joys of 48” lockmiters
thought id have to scrap the entire piece due to an unexceptable 16th “gap on the glue line (corner)that poped its head out at various points ,ill as a bear because of the work that was fixing to be scraped{noteing
just building the boxe to this point wouldnt be that big of a deal but this particular box has been worked from the inside out to allow for the mantel to double as a safe hide meaning that you can firmly grab the mantel on the ends and tug to release it from it maginet catches and remove the entire box revealing the finished inside as a storage space 46”x5.5”x10”}so you may be able to under stand my delight at this 16th ” devopment
a fellow craftsman suggested epoxy and wood dust,.........saying “fill it wasnt in the plan but reason overruled and i didnt have any thing to loose at this point so in the mind of full disclosure credit me not with pulling off 48” flawless lock mighters .

and with apologies to everyone (except mabey frank) for the leanth of this read….
heres the story…
as i was working this up a friend handed me this tid bit …...

it seems that our president was sitting at his desk in the oval office and chaney entered and commented that
thee brazillian soldiers were killed in iraq this morning and upon hearing this he became distraught and began to franticllly pace back and forth sitting and pacing, Chaney watching this curiously..
George then sat down dropped his head in his hands and groaned ,Chaney ask “are you allright?” he then lookedat the vice president saying “just how many is a brazillian again ?”

-- "when you think youre going to slow, slow down just a little bit more" .... Pop's

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#1 posted 02-02-2008 07:45 PM

That sure is a BEAUTIFUL mantle! Great recovery of that “little” mistake, too! I would be proud to have it above my fireoplace. (Nice stash area, too.)

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#2 posted 02-02-2008 07:50 PM

Cool mantle! I love the cherry.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#3 posted 02-02-2008 11:08 PM

Excellent work, my friend. I have found that a significant part of woodworking is learning how to cover your mistakes. Beautiful piece.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 02-02-2008 11:54 PM

This is really an nice mantel. I enjoy working with jatoba it is such a beautiful wood. I put down about 1500 sq ft of bc hardwood flooring and have been using the left over material for other projects.

How did you finish the mantel?

I have often said that we learn more from our mistakes than we do our successes. Woodworking is an endeavor in which we often learn through trial and error.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 02-03-2008 12:01 AM

oooh I love secret compartments.
Beautiful mantle

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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Les Hastings

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#6 posted 02-03-2008 01:15 AM

Wow,,,nicely done!!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#7 posted 12-17-2008 12:31 PM

Beautiful mantel…cool idea with the hide a box….like the fireplace…..did you put the stone on the fireplace as well?

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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