Reclaimed Maple Beam Mantle

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Project by Porter Barn Wood posted 12-11-2012 04:02 AM 7686 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a simple reclaimed mantle we put in a historic home in Phoenix. The customer came to the yard and picked out the beam that we cut this from. You’ll see the pictures of how we made a french cleat for it in the shop and installed it in their home. This is my favorite way to float smaller mantles. It’s simple, strong, and hidden from view. There is no finish applied yet. The customer wanted to possibly leave it natural or apply their own. We did caulk it as well to keep any debris from falling in the cracks behind it. There are a few trade secrets I’m not showing in the pictures, but I can’t give away all my secrets, right?

-- Thomas Porter - Porter Barn Wood

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#1 posted 12-11-2012 04:08 AM

is that just french cleat holding it up? thats awesome!! Great looking mantle!!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 12-11-2012 06:06 AM

Solid and beautiful.

By the way, your perfectly welcome to give away all of your trade secrets :-)

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 12-11-2012 03:55 PM

I would have never imagined that this was mounted with a French Cleat! Wow! Great job!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#4 posted 12-11-2012 10:12 PM

Looks good to me !

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#5 posted 12-12-2012 03:47 AM

You can share your trade secrets here! I mean, after all, it’s lumber jocks! haha jk. That’s beautiful though. I love rustic lumber and the floating aspect is awesome.

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