Sunday, 20 July 2014

Floating Oak Mantle Piece

A picture heavy post sorry and one repeated from my other blog.
This is our own mantle piece in our living room. It's been on my "to-do" list for quite some time!
Who says the clobbers children go bare foot! They just have to do without for a little while!
The top of our fireplace looked like this all winter, so it was time to make it look a little neater!

Plywood template made up the exact same size as the oak.
This is so holes could be accurately drilled and match up between the wall and the piece of oak

Fixing the template to the wall. Making sure it's level

The stainless steel threaded bar fixed into the wall. The holes behind are a couple of mil bigger to allow for the resin to fix the bar. 

Using a template in this way means that the bar will be in exactly the right place. I used the nut to make sure it was the right distance out from the wall.

The three pieces of threaded bar resined into the wall. The middle one is purely to locate the oak and to stop it from warping.

The underside of the two ends.
The oak is then tighten to the wall making it very strong. This hole will eventually be filled with a Walnut plug for a contrast - If you can't hide something then make a feature of it!

A good spanner had to die to fix it though, as a normal one wouldn't fit in the hole! 
The finished mantle piece

The mantle piece looks quite modern but, in my opinion, goes well with our fireplace, giving it a good mix of the traditional materials with the sharp lines of the rest the fireplace.

18 comments:

  1. Love the oak against the blue paintwork and love the wire tree too.

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    1. Thank you! The tree used to be above our bed but we think it looks better here.

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  2. Kev, it's lovely! Excellent photo record of the process too.

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    1. It's terrible but I almost plan projects around taking photos of them now!

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  3. The color, the sculpture, the mantle all so well done. Thanks for the photos too as I always ewondered how those "floating " shelves stayed upright.

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    1. This isn't usual for a floating shelf. Sometimes they just have a plate on the back that slots over a screw but it's nowhere near as strong as this method.

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  4. Very nice! You are an artist as well.

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    1. Thank you but I'm not sure about that!

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    1. Thank you very much. And thank you for your comment!

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  6. A job well done. Very well done :-)

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    1. Thank you! I'm quite pleased with it!

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  7. Love it , can you come and do one for me now :)

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  8. I love your new mantle piece, you have done a great job!

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