Saturday, June 7, 2008


    The great thing about Tai telling my grandfather about his design for our mantle is that my grandpa said, "well, what are you going to cover the plywood with?"...about three times.

    I think we confused the poor guy.

    Tai worked out a plan for the mantle/floating shelf by gluing together four 3/4"-thick pieces of plywood. He notched out the back of the shelf to acommodate a back support recycled from discarded 2"x4". He drilled the back support piece into the wall, slid the mantle onto the support, pounded in some finishing nails to connect the mantle to the support piece, then patched and sealed the mantle.

    We've had a few people come by recently who said something like, "hey, you guys are finally finishing things up!" when the only difference between visits was the fireplace and mantle. It feels good to have the face on.

    Here are some process photos:

    1 comment:

    Anonymous said...

    was just looking up ideas for modern fire place mantles and came across your blog. Just wanted to say i think your final result is amazing, it's really interesting to see what can be done with such a raw material like plywood. nice work! (might use the idea myself but for something other then a mantle!)