Antique Heart Pine Mantel Surround, True South style! pat.pending

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Project by wca1 posted 02-28-2013 02:49 AM 9806 views 12 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s one that I just had a blast with. This antique long leaf heart pine is amazing to work with…full of resin, the really sticky kind! I estimate the beams to be 150 yrs old and the tree they were hewn from probably another 150 yrs. Yes, that last picture is what I started this project with, there were and awfull lot of cut nails to gouge and pry out of these old beams. But in the end I think I prevailed, this mantel has found a nice cozy place inside my own home! I love it! Thanks for all the encouragement Lumberjocks! Corey in SC

-- If you don't mess something up, you must not be doing anything!

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 02-28-2013 03:02 AM

Great piece, great salvage.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-28-2013 03:09 AM

That is beautiful wood, a hidden jem in a rough ugle beam. You did a nice job.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#3 posted 02-28-2013 05:52 AM

Great job! I’m sure the pine was a real pleasure to work with…but at least you salvaged and made something awesome.

True South style, huh? Is there an associated dance?

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#4 posted 02-28-2013 10:53 AM

Very good job salvaged the wood as you did! . I like the way you put it togeather. Looks great

-- Gary Panama City Fl In God I Trust

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#5 posted 02-28-2013 12:52 PM

Very nice wood, great project result. Congrats!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#6 posted 02-28-2013 02:09 PM

Beautiful wood! Beautiful Mantel! Great work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#7 posted 02-28-2013 02:19 PM

looks good !!!! amber shellac would really make it pop out at ya…


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#8 posted 02-28-2013 02:59 PM

Amazing job, that looks amazing. In the first picture, it also looks to be about 100 feet tall!

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#9 posted 02-28-2013 05:35 PM

Wow! At first I thought it was a wooden copy of the Arc de Triomf in Paris and then I realized it was a very beautiful and impressive fireplace mantle. Great work on this and the Heart Pine looks wonderful too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 02-28-2013 05:54 PM

Great job, that is some beautiful wood and you did it!

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#11 posted 02-28-2013 06:28 PM

Wow, This is a work of art. Taking the old wood and making it something as nice as this is an accomplishment. What a beauty, great work and I can see why you had fun!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 02-28-2013 10:01 PM

you’ve done a fabulous job transforming that wood into such a great looking mantle and surround. You pictures also look great. The first reminds me of a triumphal arch.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#13 posted 03-01-2013 12:41 AM

SYP is gourgeous!

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#14 posted 03-01-2013 01:17 AM

You dog on right it is! And this very old stuff is extremely hard and dense yet it is a joy to machine. Really wakes up your nose in the mornings! Thanks to everyone on here that has posted the nice comments, I really enjoy posting on this site!

-- If you don't mess something up, you must not be doing anything!

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#15 posted 03-01-2013 01:36 AM

No words to describe the beauty

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