Fireplace mantel project, phase I complete

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  1. Dec 24, 2018 #1

    Flyover

    Flyover

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    Trying not to screw things up worse

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    My neighbor installs dishwashers in people's houses, and saved all the nice 1x3 strips of pine they use to pack the cheaper dishwashers in. He's using a bunch of them to make a computer desk but had plenty left over to give to me to make a new fireplace mantel.

    Our old one was just a big super-rough plank of softwood painted white, and wasn't much of a sight.

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    I decided to start by edge-gluing the pine strips my neighbor gave me. I offset them somewhat randomly to make a nice sort of woven effect.

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    I traced the wall contour and rounded the outside edge, which would give my new mantelpiece a kind of canoe shape. This was tough to cut with my weak jigsaw, but my bandsaw isn't up and running yet.

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    Once I planed and sanded I was pretty happy with the results. My wife and I picked out a nice reddish stain ("Sedona") that would match hints of other colors in the room from the floor, bookshelf, and curtains.

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    After a few coats of poly it was ready to go up on the wall, just in time for Christmas eve. This was my first try edge-gluing something and cutting it to shape, and I'm really happy with it!

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    The next phase of this project is to make trim to go around the fireplace, and moulding between that and the mantelpiece. I think that will be a lot harder than this was, so wish me luck!
     
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  2. Dec 24, 2018 #2

    Flyover

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    Trying not to screw things up worse

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    PS. That orange-and-black paper snowflake ornament hanging on the wall is one I made. Those are SR-71s, an airplane I was so obsessed with as a kid that I don't even need a reference image to know what shape to cut.

    Then my daughter insisted on coloring over it in crayon.
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  3. Dec 25, 2018 #3

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    Nicely done.
     
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