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Old 10-23-2013, 06:28 PM   #1
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Making a Mantle for a Stone Fireplace.


So, we have this FP that we put in many moons ago. Our friend is a
mason and the head knot acted as the laborer, and I was the
general contractor. It's a heatalator fireplace, if you look closely
you can spot the two stones that have no morter in them so that the heat can escape.
I didn't want the ugly screens many heatalator
fireplaces have.

The stone is Pennsylvania mica. When we went
to the stoneyard to pick out the stone, our heads were spinning --everything looked like a hunk of stone.
So we then rode around an industrial park, saw stone on a building that we both loved...
and thats how we picked the stone...
While it was being built they asked me if I wanted a mantle, I assured them that I didn't.

Flash forward to summer of 2009...and I wanted a mantle.
Our son made us a mantle clock, and we didn't have a mantle...

So, now I had to do all the hard work and figure out what I wanted,
the size, height, depth and wood and how long to make it.

I came up with a walnut mantle, 10" deep x 3" high...and I wanted it
to come in on each side about 6" ...At first I wanted it to be 2 1/2"
high and changed it the last minute.

First he drilled angel lines (as needed) into the stone sideways and
put wood on each side of the angle lines to beef up the support
of the mantle.

Then the head knot scribed the wood to the stone, and glued it all up.

Then we finished it with a hand rubbed finish, mixing turpentine, poly,
and linseed oil...several coats.
Then he just slipped the mantle over the angle lines and pushed it into the stone --it is wedged in tightly.

I'll be back with the pics. Hope you find this interesting, as I thought
it was going to be impossible to install a mantle on a bumpy stone FP.

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Old 10-23-2013, 06:52 PM   #2
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This is the angle lines, drilled into the stone --with the wood
attached on each side if the angle lines. The stone is very bump
so he had to find the least bumpy stone to drill the angle lines into.
The vertical stone under the end of the gun stock butt, is where the
morter is missing, as well as the other vertical stone on the
opposite side of it.

The lights were wired in, when the FP was built.




The glued up scribed mantle.





Tghe inside...



I'll be back as soon as I locate the installed photos.

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The underneath part.





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The head knot also made the FP doors with a little welding machine he has.
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Sorry about the double pic...I meant to post this one.

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Wow, that is really impressive TK, your husband did a fantastic job of scribing the mantel to the stone. Most folks don't know how and those that do usually can't get it that close. I like the way y'all used the bungee cords to hold the pieces while the glue dried, I wouldn't have thought of that.

When you said mica stone I didn't think it would look that good but I was wrong, it looks great. It all looks great.

On a side note, you have an absolute beautiful back yard.

Thanks for sharing.
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Nice job, Realy sets off the fireplace. Your son did a nice job on that clock as well.

One question though..... What is a "head knot"? Never heard the term.
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Nice job, Realy sets off the fireplace. Your son did a nice job on that clock as well.

One question though..... What is a "head knot"? Never heard the term.

Thanks Danpik, We're The Two Knots; he's the head knot, and I'm the assistant knot...
although Two Nuts, or Two Loose Screws would
probably be more appropriate just ask our kids...

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Gotcha, figured it was some kind of nickname or play on a name. You can't be the Nuts. I had a neighbor, when growing up, that their last name was Nutt. He had a hand painted sign in the front of his house that said, "The Nuts" He cut it out of plywood...it was to peanuts, similar to the Planters mascot, holding the sign. It stood about 18" high. Alway got a lot of comments
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I agree with Danpik, your son did a fantastic job on the clock, I know you both treasure it.
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Gotcha, figured it was some kind of nickname or play on a name. You can't be the Nuts. I had a neighbor, when growing up, that their last name was Nutt. He had a hand painted sign in the front of his house that said, "The Nuts" He cut it out of plywood...it was to peanuts, similar to the Planters mascot, holding the sign. It stood about 18" high. Alway got a lot of comments
Hey danpik, The Nut family, know that's funny.
I could've easily chosen 'Two Much Stuff' as we
do have a lot of stuff...I try and put things away
for a neater look, but somehow 'the stuff' always find
a way back to where it started.

Big Jim, Thank you, you are so nice...

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