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Offline Jim Kirkpatrick

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Fireplace Mantel
« on: May 24, 2008, 12:43 PM »
Just finished installing a fireplace mantel I designed and built this winter.  It's carcasses are made of cherry veneered plywood all else is sold cherry.  I initially built the top out of plywood too but was unhappy with the sub 3/4" thickness I scrapped it and went with 1" solid stock.  I've read here and other forums where using solid stock on mantel tops is unwise as it is prone to splitting.  However, I came up with a clever way to allow for expansion using my new domino.  I cut 4 dominoes along the back so they are parallel with grain and 3 along the front of mantel top running them perpendicular to grain.  I set the width setting to smallest on aprons and set the width to widest position on top to allow for expansion.
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I thought about just using metal angle clips on the front of apron, then hide them with the crown molding, but since I used a mini-crown this was not possible.  And again I was worried about the expansion issue.  The only problem I see is if the top cups, it will pull away from crown molding.  Time will tell and I can always try something else as dominoes are not glued so disassembly will be a snap.
I also used dominoes on the reinforcing the extensive miters on top/bottom carcasses and the column tops and bottoms.
Anyhoo, here's the finished result,  I still have to install base boards along walls.
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I bought the domino almost exclusively for mortise / tenons on furniture projects but am very quickly seeing the potential this  tool has for many other applications.  I don't know how else I would have solved this problem without it.
« Last Edit: May 24, 2008, 07:15 PM by sToolman »

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Offline Bill Wyko

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Re: Fireplace Mantel
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2008, 12:59 PM »
Beautiful job. The proportions are perfect and great design.
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Offline Robert Robinson

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Re: Fireplace Mantel
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2008, 01:23 PM »
Great work.
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Offline Jim Kirkpatrick

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Re: Fireplace Mantel
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2008, 01:04 PM »
 The proportions are what I labored on the most.  I designed it before I knew how to use Sketchup.  All I had was written on a 3 x 3" post it note.  Consequently, I went through many prototypes.   Glad to hear the positive comment on proportions. Thanks.

Offline Tom Bainbridge

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Re: Fireplace Mantel
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2008, 06:26 PM »
that is nice work
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Offline Robert Robinson

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Re: Fireplace Mantel
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2008, 04:52 AM »
that is nice work

It really is nice. The picture above it looks like a flat screen TV, because it is so bright, but the image doesn't change in either picture so I am guessing it is a painting? I see all the nice work like this fireplace, and now I want a fireplace. If every one on this forum lived in the same town, we would have some darn nice houses!
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Offline Jim Kirkpatrick

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Re: Fireplace Mantel
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2008, 09:03 AM »
I was under orders to scale down the mantel to accommodate that artwork.  It's bright and it's large, it could actually be a flat screen TV blind.  But it's actually an AP print of a painting from an artist named Alexander Volkov.  Photo realism is the genre.   http://www.brownbarnpublishing.com/volkov_entry.htm   
Thanks Rob.
« Last Edit: May 31, 2008, 08:44 PM by sToolman »