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Fireplace mantle

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I want to build a simple one piece mantle, about 7 feet long, on a natural stone fireplace. My choice would be a used beam from maybe a barn, but a box mantle would also work. My proble is how to fit it tightly to the rough surface. Any ideas?

Blair

Scribe and cut. Place the (post #210136, reply #1 of 5)

Scribe and cut.

Place the mantel parallel to the wall, slid out enough that it's not touching anywhere.  Take a set of dividers, find the spot where the wall is the farthest away from the edge of the mantel, set the dividers to that distance, then scribe that distance from the wall along the entire length of the mantel.  Then cut.

Simple!


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hog it out (post #210136, reply #2 of 5)

It's easiest to hog out the back of the beam a bit. That'll make it a lot easier to scribe.  So hog, then scribe.


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Blair (post #210136, reply #3 of 5)

Here's the best thread on the subject.

 

http://forums.finehomebuilding.com/breaktime/construction-techniques/solid-timber-mantle-scribed-stone

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Fireplace mantle (post #210136, reply #4 of 5)

Wow! Thanks a lot, Calvin. The fireplace in that project is almost identical to mine. Looks like I have a lot of work hogging out the interior.

Blair

Blair (post #210136, reply #5 of 5)

The guy who did it is just up the road in Ann Arbor.  He might be convinced to stop back here if you have any questions.

lemme know.

 

and, best of luck.  A finished picture would be welcomed.

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Remodeling Contractor just outside the Glass City.


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