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This has been a 5 year project. My dear wife stomps her foot and wants a mantelpiece before Christmas. As you can see all I had to work with was brick veneer and 2 holes that was once a wooden bricks. The old mantelpiece was nailed to these two bricks. It fell down when one of my kids had a party, when somebody put a large firecracker in the fire place. Or so the story goes.

So I came up with the idea of the expandable blocks seen in pic 3 and 4. After that it was easy. Built the frame with two torsion boxes with the long front. On top of that a 9" oak board with rounded corners.

The first picture shows the nearly finished product before plugs, stain and finish. All in all a fun project once the ideas were in hand.

Comments are welcome.

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Looks good from here : )
 

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That is great. I need to do something better to my mantel and this will definitely be a reference point for me.
 

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"It fell down when one of my kids had a party, and somebody put a large firecracker in the fire place. Or so the story goes."

Had to laugh when I read that. Nice mantel
 
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