Salvaged timbers add beauty to this new mantelpiece.
SHOP OWNER: Peter Huisman
LOCATION: Landsdale WA, Australia
In March 2007 we took possession of a house we had built for us. We wanted a fireplace, but not to burn wood. We wanted to install one of those gas log units into it. To dress up the boring plain plastered brickwork, I built this mantelpiece.
The timber is Tasmanian Oak that I salvaged from a building being demolished in Perth several years back. The timber came in the form of exposed beams, 140 x 45mm (5 ½" x 1 ¾"), all square dressed and varnished. Some were in excess of 6 meters (20') long.
I completely removed the varnish and then re-milled the timber to provide the thinner stock. The 330mm (13") deep shelf was made up by edge gluing three boards. After varnishing, the timber colors came out beautifully.
. . . Peter Huisman