Cedar Mantle

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Project by Monte Pittman posted 12-13-2012 03:36 AM 6031 views 3 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another local contractor wanted a Red Cedar slab for a fireplace mantle. A few may have read my blog on getting the cedar logs. The slab was 4” thick, 10” wide and 72” long. Used a pressure washer to clean off soot and bark.

I didn’t install it, so picture 4 is all I have of the finished project. Had a happy ending though,they paid me double what I asked! :-)

Thanks for looking

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 12-13-2012 03:46 AM

Cant complain with double payment! Looks great!

-- Jay -

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#2 posted 12-13-2012 03:57 AM

Once again Monte we see why when it comes to cedar…you are the man!!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#3 posted 12-13-2012 05:38 AM

Monte, I’d say you hit it out of the park. Would you mind sharing about the age of the wood, moisture content, what drying considerations you took into account? I have some similar cedar and might be interested in something similar.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#4 posted 12-13-2012 05:57 AM

I love the colors, contrast, and patterned the heartwood, sapwood and knots make in cedar.

-- Ted

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#5 posted 12-13-2012 07:05 AM

This was trees that had been caught in a fire about 6 months ago. Mother natures kiln. So when I cut it up, it was already at 9%. Normal live trees I couldn’t have turned around that fast. Although I am hoping by spring to have constructed a regular kiln in my shop for drying slabs.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 12-13-2012 10:39 AM

Great looking mantle. It’s simple, but elegant. I like it.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#7 posted 12-13-2012 10:40 AM

Excelent.Excelent. Excelent. Love the colours. Great work

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#8 posted 12-13-2012 11:31 AM

Beautiful work Monte, you deserved a bonus on this one!

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#9 posted 12-13-2012 11:55 AM

What a pile of cedar! Nice job on the mantle….. you sure are one prolific woodworker!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#10 posted 12-13-2012 12:52 PM

A beautiful hunk-a-hunk-a wood.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#11 posted 12-13-2012 01:04 PM

Beautiful wood, beautiful work on the mantel. You have one very nice stash of red cedar there.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#12 posted 12-13-2012 01:32 PM

Wonderful wood Monte. I love Cedar, but we don’t have it here as far as I know. It would seem we have the right climate for it though. The mantle looks really beautiful. You were lucky to have harvested it already dry.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 12-13-2012 02:02 PM

Beautiful piece of wood and it looks great above that fireplace.

Good job and the final payment says it all about your work!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#14 posted 12-13-2012 03:05 PM

really nice load of cedar, the mantle looks good, and folks will know you have some available for future projects…when are you getting the mill you talked about…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#15 posted 12-13-2012 03:05 PM

Very nice, I love me a slab of Cedar.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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