Monster Mantel

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Project by Tom Adamski posted 03-05-2008 01:50 AM 2617 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello all. I just spent the last day (ok, two if you consider design time) making a mantle. A friend who owns a fireplace store needed a custom mantel for a job right away. It is 60 inches tall, 82 inches wide and 10 inches deep at the top. It is in unfinished cherry, both timber and B2 plywood. The main body is a plywood structure with the mantel (top) fastened with pocket screws and the pilasters (legs) being mitered and splined.
Half the mouldings are out of the bin from OWL Hardwood, including the crown with rope trim. The fluted trim was custom, using my Woodpecker Quicklift, Incra router fence & a Freud 1/2 round nose bit. This is my 3rd mantel to date and it was a lot of fun to experiment with all the different mouldings that are available. Construction costs approx. $250

The customer will have it finished after installation. I’ll update with pictures when I get them.

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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#1 posted 03-05-2008 01:56 AM

Nice job on the details.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 03-05-2008 02:16 AM

Looks pretty good. I like the trim.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 03-05-2008 02:24 AM

looks great

-- making sawdust....

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 03-05-2008 02:27 AM

Hi Tom.

I had to look at this one quickly. I promised a mantle some time ago but simply have not gotten around to it. Whenever my wife sees one she is quick to remind me of my “unfaithfulness”.

I really like the mantle. Your use of rope crown and echoing the flutes add nice details to the piece. It is nice to have the rope crown available as shelf item. If I wanted anything like this I would have to go to Ebay.

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 03-05-2008 04:23 PM

Is it extra-tricky to cut the rope crown so that the rope part looks right when you’re done? Great looking mantle! I’d love to be able to build something like that in a day! Whew!!

-- Robb

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Tom Adamski

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#6 posted 03-05-2008 06:28 PM

Thank you all for the kind words… It was a fun project. Using the Kreg pocket screws to join the body made it a snap to assemble.

Scott, You can do it! Just think of the returns on the investment with your wife…

Robb, The rope moulding is a p.i.t.a. (pain in the a$$) to cut properly. I spent an our on it alone. Turns out, you cut it as close as you can and use a pattern makers rasp & sandpaper to shape the edge as best you can.


-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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#7 posted 03-05-2008 06:32 PM

Nice work Tom. I am about to make a mantel as well, so it is nice to see what you did.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#8 posted 03-08-2008 03:38 AM

Awesome work there Tom. I would love to see it once the Cherry has had a chance to darken with age.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#9 posted 03-08-2008 12:52 PM

Nice work in a rather compressed time frame.

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#10 posted 03-17-2008 11:10 AM

Nice work Tom.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#11 posted 03-17-2008 12:45 PM

nice looking mantle tom , i use a lot of that rope moulding and your right on target with the pain ! lol

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#12 posted 03-31-2008 03:11 AM

Great looking mantle. You did a beautiful job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#13 posted 03-31-2008 03:12 AM

great job. i love the look of cherry. finished or unfinished. thanks for the post.

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