OAK MANTLE AND SURROUND
A warm look to a once cold corner.
SHOP OWNER: Bryan Cowing
LOCATION: Woodstock, Ontario, Canada
After two years, I finally found time to finish the mantle in our new house. I covered the protruding 2x6 base with 3/4" oak stock, laminating up an 18" width for the hearth board.
To frame the firebox of the gas fireplace, I cut black marble floor tile to a 5" width. I assembled four raised panels and a flat section to cover the drywall.
Using a Vega Pro-36 copier, I turned the four 6" x 6" x 13" column ends.
This shot shows me cutting the 24 beads for the 5" diameter center section of the column.
Test fitting the column parts.
Here I dry-fitted all the parts. The mantle top is a hollow box about 4" x 14" x 88". The top is laminated solid oak and the bottom is 3/4" particle board veneer with three strips of 3/4" x 2"scraps to separate the top and bottom pieces. I used biscuits to align and hold the front 3/4" x 4" oak cap on the box. The hand-carved accent for the center section was purchased.
Incandescent lighting gives the mantle a warm look. I made the 1/2" wide notch in the dentil with the radial arm saw and the crown with my old Foley-Belsaw planer-molder. The stain is Min-Wax dark walnut and I added five coats of sprayed gloss lacquer.
I included a flash picture with my wife standing beside the mantle just to show how large it is. The top of the mantle is 63" off the floor.. . . Bryan Cowing
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