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Anderson's whole house gut and remodel project.



Simple mission style details, 5/4" solid oak top and face frame.





The top was designed to be the exact height as the window sill.



We covered the ugly brick hearth and fireplace surround with black, satin finished, absolute granite.

Wired for flat screen TV and 6 speaker stereo system.

Routed heat supply grills in the base, custom 1/4 sawn oak corbels.



We added wrapped beams and crowned frame panels on the ceiling.



We also built a matching oak window seat with a lid for storage.



Fun project….and I think I made a little money on this one!

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Mark ,what a great job on this room. The whole project looks great. Very comfy feel throughout. Enjoy this for a long time Great Post!
 

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Beautiful room.
 

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This turned out very well, and ties everything together for a nice, cohesive look.

I'm designing something similar right now (and have been procrastinating badly on doing thew project), only ours will have two bays per side, instead of three, as well as the addition of doors.

Do you happen to have any pictures of the top? I'm curious how you butted the tops together? Did you just stop the mantel at the edge of the chimney protrusion?

I also like the fact that you went with an odd number of corbels as it's much more aesthetically pleasing that way.
 

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Johnathan, Thanks bud

Yes, we made the Mantle the same size as the 1×4 painted trim box sitting on top, side to side, so the the joint is covered except for the front 3" and the top is the same length.

Sorry no pics from above. Just keep it simple, I always say.

We used biscuits and screws at the top's butt joint but we didn't glue it so it can be removed later for possible repairs.

Be sure to verify new FP code requirements. We had to modify the opening 1/2" at the last minute.
Have fun with your project.
 

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You do wonderful work. Very harmonious design with classic lines and details.
 

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We've got a wood burning stove insert though that throws a bit more heat than a regular fireplace. I've been "testing" it lately with my hand at various areas above and projecting out from the stove. The mantel will be 2+feet above the top of the stove. I do need to track down our local code concerning a mantel and figure out how far it can stick out. I'd like a depth of 6-inches, or thereabouts. I'm not concerned about it igniting, but the huge swing in temperatures and the potential expansion and contraction issues.

I've got a slightly different challenge to deal with in regards to the top sections meeting because our chimney projection does not go 90-degrees straight up, but instead has a slight taper to it. So, I'm going to have to box it out to make it 90-degrees for the bookcases to be square. I'm trying to figure out how the tops will meet up because of this. I think I'm maybe going to have to wrap the mantel around the top of the bookcases slightly. It's hard to explain.
 

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I think I know what you mean.
Does this maple cabinet design look like it would work with your fireplace? It has a tapered chimney.
I built this in 2005 before flat screen TVs. There is a big 50" rear projection TV behind pocket doors on the right.
There are 2 maple drawers on the left with CDs and "VCRs" (remember those?)
This is a Gas fireplace. Otherwise horizontal wood mantle pc. would be too close to opening by 4".
The stereo system is above the groovy grill cut out in the base for the sub woofer.



Draw out the mantle profile. By the time you add 5/4" legs on 3/4" backers, add capitals and at least 2 3/4" crown, plus a trim and a 3/4" reveal+++......then 6" isn't wide enough.

Verify this measurement but I almost always end up going 7 1/4" (1×8) on a mantle.
More room for your kids lovely artwork.
 

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I bought a nice piece of 8/4 riftsawn white oak that's about 9-feet long and 9+inches wide for this purpose. When holding various scrap test pieces up, 7-8-inches seemed like the best depth, with 7-inches being better than 8-inches. I'd agree that 6-inches just didn't seem deep enough, although much more than 7-inches, I began to worry about smacking my head when standing up after stoking the fire.

We keep going back and forth on whether to keep the mantel at the same height as the bookcases, or to raise it up a bit and totally wrap it around as you've done in the above picture.
 

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I forgot to mention that if the mantel is raised, the bookcases will be a bit shorter, due to the fact that there is a shallow arched alcove that we'd like to keep that the mantel will be flush with, elevation-wise.

In a blog post from last year, I included a couple of pictures of the space here.
 

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man that looks great…I really love the craftsman look….well done
 
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