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post #21 of 24 Old 07-20-2015, 08:14 PM
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I've done 3 mantels in the last 20 yrs, a federal, a rustic, (log cabin) with live edge with no visual support. And a simple box style, rectangular columns, bed molding, dental molding and a faux 2" thick shelf. Once I let the lady down, I don't have a lathe and most of the moldings she was squishy over she didn't want to pay for when she found out how much the molder knives were going to cost let alone the cost of the sugar pine or the actual work to mill it. The lumb. yds didn't carry them.

For the box and federal, I did a flat mock up with ply at the home with the owners present then took it home and built it to the mock up in 2 pieces. It took some scribing and mat removal on site, but they came out nice, the custs were happy and the mantel looked like it grew there.

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Thanks for the replies. I tried unsuccessfully to get out of this project last night, she's a very determined person.
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Originally Posted by BWSmith View Post
Research is everything on mantels.

Customers don't know chit.Your job you play the customer's wants/don't wants....or do you use your advanced knowledge and steer them in a direction that moves them to a higher understanding?

OMG...the responsibility that is at hand here,on one hand...."it's all about the money".On another hand,you are doing "justice" to not only your perspective but those who follow.And,if you don't instantly,"get that".....then there's work to be done.....just sayin.

Just an FYI....we have a library full of mantel material.If you want to consider yourself a "mantel builder" know,a little reading goes a long arse way.

I have no idea what you're saying but I like the enthusiasm.
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Toolman, I assume it's wall mounted. The picture shows a marble or stone mantle that she wants replicated in wood to be painted. It seems to be pretty straight forward thing to build though I was unsure if this is something that's typically made in a shop and sent to the site to be installed or if it's just built in place.
$500 sounds about right for a mantle like that.

I'd build it on site or most of it in shop, but at least scribe it to the wall when you're there.

I've built several mantles like that and they only take a few hours.
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