Creator of Sawdust
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: St. Augustine, FL
Large Fireplace mantel top
We have a large, for lack of a better term, mantel top for our family room fireplace. O/A 28" x 121". The front edge is 68 inches, so if you were to stand it up on edge, it looks like a triangle with its peak cut off.
OK, the wife wants a top. Option A is put # 1 pine lumber and edge glue it, then template it can cut the precise form. Option B is to use sheet goods.
The sheet goods are going to give me a better top to finish, but I'm concerned about moving this from the shop to its final home and the stress on the joints being so big.
The pine lumber will work, but will be more work.
In any case, I'm going to biscuit join the edges for edge alignment whether its lumber or sheet goods. I'm also going to do a bull nose on the edge when finished, so sheet goods edge is not going to be an issue.
There are a lot of you out there with more experience than I, so if anyone has any suggestions, let'm rip.
Thanks in advance,