Solid Oak Mantle

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Project by albachippie posted 03-12-2012 04:24 PM 5227 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this for a customer whose house I have been working on since last November. His brief was to fit a solid oak mantle with a slightly rustic look. When he saw it his comment was it couldn’t have been more perfect! If only all customers were that easy to please!

It was a 4’ rough sawn batten, 8”x3” section. I planed it down roughly with a power planer, then sanded it with a belt sander to a (not exactly cabinet finish) 80 grit! It was then varnished with a satin varnish to match the rest of the oak in the house.

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#1 posted 03-12-2012 04:40 PM

I like it seems to fit right in with the small wood stove. Good Job

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#2 posted 03-12-2012 05:59 PM

Just the job. There’s nothing like a big slab of wood above a fire. Thanks for sharing it.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#3 posted 03-12-2012 06:09 PM

Sometimes we get so enthralled with intricate designs that we forget that simple can be beautiful also. Nicely done.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 03-12-2012 08:30 PM

Thanks for the comments guys, much appreciated

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#5 posted 03-12-2012 11:43 PM

That’s a real good design chocie given the stove that’s there, I like it.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 04-22-2012 11:07 PM

well done modern yet rustic look

perfect for a new house

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#7 posted 10-01-2012 02:40 AM

This is great! I also like that you still took the time to knock down the edges throughout without just rounding them over.

-- Steve

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#8 posted 11-15-2012 01:36 AM


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