This is a colonial style mantel that I built out of poplar for my wife this holiday season as a gift. The original mantel was a simple pine board that did not match after I tiled the fireplace. This was my first time using crown molding which was a pain until I made a jig for the table saw to cut it at the right angles. The top is 6/4 poplar and the rest is 4/4 and out of the deal I was able to purchase a new router to add the edge to the mantle top. As a final touch on the backside of the mantel I mortised a spot and mounted a 2006 dated penny.