Building a Modern Mantel: Assembly on the Bench
Learn how to join the mantel shelf to the frieze and add the trim before moving to the jobsite.
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 4: Assembly on the Bench
In this episode, cabinetmaker Seb Eggert joins the mantel shelf to the frieze and adds the trim before moving to the jobsite.
The basic plan was to build up the frieze board, then attach the shelf above and wrap the bands of trim below. The last bit of shop work is to apply the finish to the mantel, a simple procedure that showcases the character of the wood.
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