Building a Modern Mantel: Building the Parts
Learn how an experienced woodworker creates the parts of a fireplace mantel that have crisp, seamless miters and are prepared for an easier installation process.
In this five-part video series, you’ll learn great shop and site tips plus a grab bag of the solid techniques that woodworker Sebastian Eggert has learned during his long experience, including how to cut clean, accurate miters, clamping strategies, an easy finishing method, scribing tools and techniques, and how to make a mantel look as though it grew around the fireplace.
Episode 3: Building the Parts
Seb Eggert could have designed and built the mantel from surfaced stock from a lumber yard, but he chose to work with rough lumber instead, so he had to mill all the parts. Next, he made each of the three main parts of the mantel – the legs, frieze, and shelf. In this episode, you’ll learn how an experienced woodworker creates the parts of a fireplace surround that have crisp, seamless miters and are prepared for an easier installation process.
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