Reply
Go Back   TexasBowhunter.com Community Discussion Forums > Topics > D-I-Y Projects
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-31-2019, 10:33 AM   #1
sendit
Ten Point
 
sendit's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Default DIY Fireplace Mantle

Had a oak just fall over and die a few of months ago when the ground was saturated with rain. Finally had a little time yesterday evening to start cutting part of the trunk for a fireplace mantle. It should finish at about 8ft long 6 inches thick and 16 inches wide. Plan on leaving a live edge on it for the front. Will have to remove the bark. Here are a some pics.






sendit is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-31-2019, 10:51 AM   #2
JayB
Ten Point
 
JayB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Rowlett
Hunt In: Cass County
Default

Beautiful chunk of oak. How do you keep it from cracking/splitting while drying?

.....and God Bless America.
JayB is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-31-2019, 10:55 AM   #3
Jon B
Ten Point
 
Jon B's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Central Tx.
Hunt In: Central Tx and the Western States
Default

How do you plan to secure it? That thing will be over a 100 pounds.
Jon B is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-31-2019, 11:23 AM   #4
Quackerbox
Pope & Young
 
Quackerbox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Magnolia
Hunt In: The woods
Default

Following cause this dude builds cool shat. And cause I want to build a live edge bar top

Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
Quackerbox is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-31-2019, 01:01 PM   #5
sendit
Ten Point
 
sendit's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Default

I apply a product called Anchorseal on the ends. It helps with the cracking/checking on the end grain. There is not a lot you can do with it cracking on the long grain. Itís just a matter of moisture escaping at to high of rate and the wood fibers/cellulose canít adjust fast enough. In most cases a few cracks add a little character. Itís really a crap shoot on what a piece of wood like this will wind up doing.

I have 3/4Ē steel dowels installed through the rock. Holes will be drilled in the mantle and it will be slid over the dowels and secured to prevent coming off the dowels.
sendit is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-31-2019, 04:51 PM   #6
twosixteens
Ten Point
 
twosixteens's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: North Texas
Hunt In: Young County Mostly Mack’s Creek Missouri on occasion
Default

Good start can’t wait to see it finished up
twosixteens is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-31-2019, 10:24 PM   #7
J&M Hamilton10
Associate Sponsor
 
J&M Hamilton10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Arlington
Hunt In: Freestone
Default

can't wait to see it!
J&M Hamilton10 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-31-2019, 10:35 PM   #8
oktx
Pope & Young
 
oktx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Wise County
Hunt In: Wise County
Default

My mantel was a huge cedar that was struck by lightning at my parents house. We did the same.
oktx is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-31-2019, 10:38 PM   #9
Jon B
Ten Point
 
Jon B's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Central Tx.
Hunt In: Central Tx and the Western States
Default

Excited to see how it turns out. How long do you let it dry before finishing?
Jon B is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-31-2019, 10:43 PM   #10
oktx
Pope & Young
 
oktx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Wise County
Hunt In: Wise County
Default

We let ours dry while the house was being built and just left it rough cut.
oktx is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-31-2019, 11:12 PM   #11
doug
Ten Point
 
doug's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Humble TX
Hunt In: Victoria
Default

That's cool! Can't wait to see how it looks finished!
doug is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-01-2019, 10:47 AM   #12
timoub007
Eight Point
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: SE TX
Default

Awesome as usual.
I would really like one of those mills!
timoub007 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-01-2019, 01:19 PM   #13
Big pig
Pope & Young
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Cypress, tx
Hunt In: Goliad and Leon Co.
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by oktx View Post
We let ours dry while the house was being built and just left it rough cut.
My mantle guy in Santa Anna is concerned with bugs in rough cut.?
But I like the idea of your own trees and the DYI project

Anxious to see the final product.

BP
Big pig is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-01-2019, 01:30 PM   #14
oktx
Pope & Young
 
oktx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Wise County
Hunt In: Wise County
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Big pig View Post
My mantle guy in Santa Anna is concerned with bugs in rough cut.?
But I like the idea of your own trees and the DYI project

Anxious to see the final product.

BP
Funny you should say that. When we cut it to length, huge black ants poured out of it. After we got them out we never saw one in the house. I thought that was strange as Iíve always been told that cedar repelled bugs.
oktx is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-01-2019, 11:32 PM   #15
Big pig
Pope & Young
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Cypress, tx
Hunt In: Goliad and Leon Co.
Default

We are going with mesquite. My tight wad self is having trouble spending for a nice long, thick finished mantle, but the fireplace is kind of the focus point of the great room.

Hind site, I would have found my own tree years ago and let it season.

BP
Big pig is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-03-2019, 02:18 PM   #16
Dale Moser
Pope & Young
 
Dale Moser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Wise Cty
Hunt In: Young Cty
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Big pig View Post
We are going with mesquite. My tight wad self is having trouble spending for a nice long, thick finished mantle, but the fireplace is kind of the focus point of the great room.

Hind site, I would have found my own tree years ago and let it season.

BP
You need to have it kiln dried, or bugs will bore out of it leaving holes and little piles of sawdust.
Dale Moser is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-03-2019, 03:23 PM   #17
MASTERS
Ten Point
 
MASTERS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: South Texas
Hunt In: In the brush....
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dale Moser View Post
You need to have it kiln dried, or bugs will bore out of it leaving holes and little piles of sawdust.
yep
MASTERS is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-05-2019, 02:15 PM   #18
bobc
Ten Point
 
bobc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Temple
Hunt In: Bell County, New Mexico
Default

You have the coolest tools.
bobc is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-05-2019, 10:52 PM   #19
mmoses
Ten Point
 
mmoses's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: League City TX
Hunt In: Texas
Default

Did you get a sawmill?

Looking forward to this. I did something similar but smaller!
mmoses is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-06-2019, 10:41 AM   #20
sendit
Ten Point
 
sendit's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mmoses View Post
Did you get a sawmill?

Looking forward to this. I did something similar but smaller!
Yes I did. I have a lifetimes worth of oak I can cut here on my place. It compliments my big vertical bandsaw that I have been using for resawing. As a result I have alot of stuff I can burn in my stove. Will have to think about building a small kiln so I can speed up the process of drying.

Thinking about trying to pressure wash the bark off that piece this morning.
sendit is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-06-2019, 04:43 PM   #21
sendit
Ten Point
 
sendit's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Default

Was able to debark the oak mantle piece and some cedar that I plan on making some live edge shelves with.







Last edited by sendit; 09-06-2019 at 04:50 PM.
sendit is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-09-2019, 05:22 AM   #22
Throwin Darts
Pope & Young
 
Throwin Darts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Aledo
Default

Following


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Throwin Darts is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-09-2019, 10:26 AM   #23
MagicBlade
Ten Point
 
MagicBlade's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Keller, Texas
Hunt In: Archer County Texas
Default

In to see the finished build!

Looking good!
MagicBlade is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 10-01-2019, 06:38 PM   #24
sendit
Ten Point
 
sendit's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Default

Had a little time yesterday to mess with the mantle.

I bored four 1" holes 12" in the back of it to accept the steel rods. The mantle will be slid over them.





The Mrs. and myself rolled it into the house in preparation to mount it.





It was a snug fit but we managed to slide it over the rods.Took it back off and trimmed it up a bit and had to grind some of the rock to get it to fit up tight against the rock.




I used a pressure washer to de-bark the piece and the live edge is very interesting up close.




It still needs to be dried and finished sanded but the wife and I are liking the look.


sendit is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 10-01-2019, 06:41 PM   #25
oktx
Pope & Young
 
oktx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Wise County
Hunt In: Wise County
Default

Nice.
oktx is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 10-02-2019, 10:15 AM   #26
Palmetto
Ten Point
 
Palmetto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Brazoria County
Hunt In: Rocksprings, Old Ocean
Default

I have a 7" thick mesquite mantle with a limb coming out just like that!

Good job. I would love to have a saw like that. So cool.
Palmetto is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 10-02-2019, 12:24 PM   #27
AlwaysGigEm
Six Point
 
Join Date: Sep 2019
Location: Deer Park, Texas
Hunt In: Wherever I'm Invited
Default

Looking great so far.

Following.
AlwaysGigEm is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 10-03-2019, 04:44 PM   #28
sendit
Ten Point
 
sendit's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Palmetto View Post
I have a 7" thick mesquite mantle with a limb coming out just like that!

Good job. I would love to have a saw like that. So cool.
Yeah , I can cut whatever thickeness I desire but weight becomes a factor. One day I am going to make a work bench out of some heavy thick cut oak.
sendit is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 10-10-2019, 11:02 AM   #29
RangerRick2012
Ten Point
 
RangerRick2012's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: The Woodlands, TX
Hunt In: United States and its territories
Default

Very nice.
RangerRick2012 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 10-21-2019, 09:35 AM   #30
birddoggin
Six Point
 
birddoggin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: San Antonio
Hunt In: Wilson
Default

great job! How do you like your saw? Been researching this for awhile and been looking at Norwood, Wood Mizer, and Woodland Mills. Any thoughts OP
birddoggin is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 10-22-2019, 09:30 AM   #31
Raypo
Pope & Young
 
Raypo's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Azle, TX
Hunt In: Texas
Default

Some of you guys have amazing skills. Awesome!
Raypo is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 10-22-2019, 11:00 PM   #32
sendit
Ten Point
 
sendit's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Default

birddoggin

I like it so far. Simple set up and easy to use. I bought it used from a local sawyer that's been using Woodmizer's for years, he swears by them. I just tinker around with it and cut stuff for myself.

I was looking at building one at one time then looked at others such as Timberking, Norwood, Woodland as you are. This LT15 kinda fell in my lap.


Raypro, it doesn't talent to slab wood but I can tell you without question there is alot of physical labor involved in getting and positioning the tree in the saw. The actual cutting is easy and pretty fast,

Last edited by sendit; 10-22-2019 at 11:10 PM.
sendit is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 11-05-2019, 08:24 PM   #33
GA Bowhunter
Eight Point
 
GA Bowhunter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Watkinsville, GA
Hunt In: Tree/blind/ground
Default

I love that mantle.

I have an LT15 as well. I also have a couple of huge black walnut trees that are in the way of a new house. I'm going to cut a mantle out of one of them. I'd rather have mesquite but we don't have them around here.

I may build a black walnut counter top for the kitchen island as well.
GA Bowhunter is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:47 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Copyright 1999-2012, TexasBowhunter.com