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Old 07-13-2018, 02:10 PM   #1
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Whatís the best way to mount a cedar mantle?






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Old 07-13-2018, 02:19 PM   #2
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And what is the best oil to use on the mantle once I get it cleaned up?
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Old 07-13-2018, 02:20 PM   #3
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Get a piece of flat stock that will fit in the existing void. Weld three to four pieces of square tubing onto the flat strap extending 2/3 of the way into cedar. Drill/plunge into back of cedar to accommodate.
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If the brick is secure, mount two stacked 2x4's to the brick that are not as wide as the mantle. Then mortice (create a cavity) out the back side of the mantle to slide over the 2x4's. Use a trim screw to fasten it to the 2x4's from the top. I've done this a lot!
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Old 07-13-2018, 05:06 PM   #5
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Im not at home right now, so cant do pics. Remend me later if i forget to respond, and ill get some pics if how my cedar mantle is mounted.

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Mine was mesquite and I drilled 3 holes through the brick, epoxied 1/2 rebar in the holes, drilled holes in back of mantle so it would slide onto the rebar and glued that.
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Old 07-13-2018, 06:06 PM   #7
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Envirotex for the sealant.
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Old 07-13-2018, 06:29 PM   #8
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Mine was mesquite and I drilled 3 holes through the brick, epoxied 1/2 rebar in the holes, drilled holes in back of mantle so it would slide onto the rebar and glued that.


This, I epoxied into my studs


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Old 07-13-2018, 07:54 PM   #9
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Mine was mesquite and I drilled 3 holes through the brick, epoxied 1/2 rebar in the holes, drilled holes in back of mantle so it would slide onto the rebar and glued that.
This except we doubled up 2x4s when we built and drilled through them.
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Old 07-14-2018, 08:39 AM   #10
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Mine was mesquite and I drilled 3 holes through the brick, epoxied 1/2 rebar in the holes, drilled holes in back of mantle so it would slide onto the rebar and glued that.
I'm leaning toward this... My original plan was to get longer lags and slip a piece of conduit over it, so I could use the same lead anchors. I might remove the anchors and epoxy rebar in the holes.
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Old 07-14-2018, 10:12 AM   #11
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Mine was mesquite and I drilled 3 holes through the brick, epoxied 1/2 rebar in the holes, drilled holes in back of mantle so it would slide onto the rebar and glued that.
I did something similar. I have a steel wall behind the rock face. I simply welded four 3/4Ē pieces of round stock to the wall for the mantle to slip over. Care should be taken to get all them at the same distance, plumb/level with each other.

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Old 07-14-2018, 10:20 AM   #12
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I did something similar. I have a steel wall behind the rock face. I simply welded four 3/4Ē pieces of round stock to the wall for the mantle to slip over. Care should be taken to get all them at the same distance, plumb/level with each other.

I thought about doing it this way as well, but rebar would be less time consuming.
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Old 07-14-2018, 10:59 AM   #13
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Rip a 2x4 in half on a 45, put one half on the wall and one half on the mantle where they'll lock together.
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Old 07-22-2018, 08:09 AM   #14
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Few more coats of oil and it will be ready.











PSA! Donít leave rags soaked in boiled linseed oil laying around.



We got lucky and found them before we burned down the house.




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Old 07-22-2018, 08:16 AM   #15
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That turned out great! Glad you got to the rags as well.
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Old 07-22-2018, 08:23 AM   #16
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Few more coats of oil and it will be ready.











PSA! Donít leave rags soaked in boiled linseed oil laying around.



We got lucky and found them before we burned down the house.




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Man that thing is sweet!! Is it a black and decker?!
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Old 07-22-2018, 08:29 AM   #17
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Very nice Matt, I have a few pieces of mesquite that's going to be a mantle and table top later this year.

Good catch on the rags, my cousin lost his house to this just as the remodel was being completed. SCARY stuff right there.
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Man that thing is sweet!! Is it a black and decker?!


The sander? Itís a Rigid.


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Old 07-22-2018, 08:43 AM   #19
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I drilled into the mortar between my rocks on my fire place with a masonry bit,
2 hole level and spaced about 1í from the end of my mantel, inserted 3/8Ē all thread with a toggle bolt. Flat washer and nut on the front. Tighten up nut & cut the all thread so that 8Ē went into my beam. Drilled a 1Ēx1Ēídeep hole for the nut to sit flush then a 1/2Ē hole 8Ē deep. Spread the all thread outward a little then slid the beam on the all thread. No glue needed as mine was a tight fit.






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Old 07-22-2018, 08:46 AM   #20
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Basically this but with all thread with a fender washer and hex nut.






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Old 07-22-2018, 09:10 AM   #21
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TWP natural cedar sealant works great


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Old 07-22-2018, 10:05 AM   #22
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I did one with a French cleat, and I was rock solid.

Danish Oil is my favorite natural looking finish.

The rebar method looks like a great method also.
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I did one with a French cleat, and I was rock solid.

Danish Oil is my favorite natural looking finish.

The rebar method looks like a great method also.
I'd think a French cleat would be the easiest.

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Old 07-22-2018, 05:16 PM   #24
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Just added another coat of oil.





Iím going to use the existing holes and anchors. Run the lags into them then drill matching holes in the back of the beam. Then epoxy when I slide it on.


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Looking good Matt. Can't wait to see the finished product.
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Old 07-22-2018, 06:41 PM   #26
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Just added another coat of oil.





Iím going to use the existing holes and anchors. Run the lags into them then drill matching holes in the back of the beam. Then epoxy when I slide it on.


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I like that!
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Old 07-22-2018, 06:46 PM   #27
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Looking great! I’m too late to comment on which oil but Odies oil is the best imo for any future projects. That’s gonna look cool.
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Old 07-22-2018, 07:02 PM   #28
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That sucker looks good!
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Old 07-24-2018, 07:31 AM   #29
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Looking great! Iím too late to comment on which oil but Odies oil is the best imo for any future projects. Thatís gonna look cool.


So I guess itís too late to use Odies since we put linseed oil on it?

Do you have any cedar with Odies on it?


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So I guess itís too late to use Odies since we put linseed oil on it?

Do you have any cedar with Odies on it?


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I would think you could over coat it just fine but you might contact them and ask.


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That looks awesome!
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Old 08-21-2018, 08:51 PM   #32
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Itís on the wall.








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Old 08-21-2018, 10:13 PM   #33
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Love it!
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Old 08-22-2018, 08:28 AM   #35
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Old 08-23-2018, 08:24 AM   #36
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Thanks! Only took me 8 months


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