Mahogany and Ash Burl Mantle

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Hand-cut moldings are the norm for this cabinetmaker.

SHOP OWNER: Steve Wargo
LOCATION: Strongsville, OH

    My partner, Paul Warnock, and I constructed this wonderful fireplace enclosure for a client entirely of solid mahogany and ash burl veneer. Paul did most of the veneer work on the fireplace and also aided in the assembly. To give you an idea of the size of the piece, the ceilings are nine feet tall. The mantel is over seven feet wide and is a mitered torsion box construction. Mahogany and Ash Burl Mantle

Mahogany and Ash Burl Mantle

    As always, I cut all molding by hand, including the seven-inch-tall cornice molding under the mantel. The finish on the mahogany is potassium dichromate and garnet shellac. I dyed the burl panels and finished by coating them with shellac. The center panel is a sunburst laid out with 1/8" black boxwood stringing in between each panel.

  Mahogany Reproduction Doors

 

    The second project is a set of custom-built solid mahogany reproduction doors. These doors feature hand cut molding to produce an exact replica of the original doors from the 1920's. The solid brass hardware is new but the leaded glass panels are original and salvaged from the original doors.

. . . Steve Wargo


 
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