Category Archives: Design

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The Final Mantels

It’s been a long time coming, I know.

These are the Mantels I built and installed for a wonderful client, the Stavoe Family, Memorial Day 2012. All built from solid walnut with pine seconds, sprayed  with Shellac and General Finishes Enduro-Var.

Classic Dining Room Mantel

You’ll notice that the fireplace is not centered on this peninsula wall. So the family and I worked together to design a mantel that went straight to the wall in the corner. This design is more classic and formal. It’s a very thick top and is screwed upon a French cleat.

Stavoe Dining Room Mantel

Stavoe Dining Room Mantel

Craftsman Sitting Room Mantel

This peninsula wall divides the space into the dining room and a sitting or reading room. From other areas in the house you can see both sides of the peninsula wall, and both mantels. So the family and I wanted the materials and proportions to be the same, even though the style will be less formal in the sitting room. This mantel is also screwed upon a French cleat.

Stavoe Sitting Room Mantel

Stavoe Sitting Room Mantel

Walnut Slab Family Room Mantel

The last mantel is in another area of the house, the great room – where the kitchen, eating, and play areas come together. This mantel is made to look like a solid walnut slab, but it’s not. There are threaded inserts recessed in the bottom for stainless steel christmas stocking hooks. This was the install I had the most anxiety about, but it slipped into place on cleats very tight and sturdy.

Stavoe Family Room Walnut Mantel

Stavoe Family Room Walnut Mantel

I’m getting caught up in reverse order, the post regarding design and construction will come next.

Woodworker’s Share Projects and Pictures: Woodchat Transcript April 25th, 2012

Woodchat Transcript April 25, 2012 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern

@woodshaver101: just a thought for tonights topic.sharing pictures and stories of different jobs and projects. #woodchat

@RichtheCarpnter: Sounds good! RT @woodshaver101: just a thought for tonights topic.sharing pictures and stories of different jobs and projects. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: 20 minutes to woodchat, share pictures and stories of projects and get tips with finishing #woodchat

@uppercutwood: Welcome to woodchat, tonight’s topic is sharing pictures and stories about projects, and discussion on finishing #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: Good evening all! #woodchat

@woodshaver101: hello all whats up #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @FlairWoodworks @ChrisHasFlair is Legendary! #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: I reached my daily quota of tweets shortly after last week’s #woodchat! RT @uppercutwood: @FlairWoodworks @ChrisHasFlair is Legendary!

@uppercutwood: @woodshaver101 welcome! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @FlairWoodworks did twitter API block you? #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: Hi Guys. #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: I dunno but that sounds good. :) RT @uppercutwood: @FlairWoodworks did twitter API block you? #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: Who’s looking forward to #WIA12? #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @DJOfurnituremkr Dale so good to see you how goes it? Still doing the butter presses? #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @FlairWoodworks #raiseshand #woodchat

@BillGriggs: Hello folks. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @uppercutwood You bet, many more to do. #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: Hi Bill! Given any more thought to that CNC challenge to make a sculpted table? RT @BillGriggs: Hello folks. #woodchat

@woodshaver101: @BillGriggs welcome bill #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @BillGriggs Bill is this really you, or a bot you built? :) #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: Looking at old photos. Here is a mantel I carved years ago: http://t.co/FIBEs9VH #woodchat

@BillGriggs: @FlairWoodworks I’ve given it some thought. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: Mantel edge detail: http://t.co/fr3jeto6 #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: Nice work. Where did the wood come from? RT @woodshaver101: http://t.co/ggl1ifdl small chest from reclaimed material #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: Nice design! RT @DJOfurnituremkr: Mantel edge detail: http://t.co/sFeB9OJW #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: My internet is crawling today… #woodchat

@woodshaver101: @FlairWoodworks it came from a old warehouse #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @woodshaver101 that wood has perfect grain #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: From inside, or the framework? RT @woodshaver101: @FlairWoodworks it came from a old warehouse #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @uppercutwood Thanks! I carved dozens of mantels for my local hardwood supplier. #woodchat

@woodshaver101: @FlairWoodworks it was a wall guard out of 8/4 oak as long as a football field and 24 inch tall #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: Nice find! RT @woodshaver101: @FlairWoodworks it was a wall guard out of 8/4 oak as long as a football field and 24 inch tall #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @woodshaver101 how did you finish it #woodchat

@woodshaver101: @FlairWoodworks .i bet at least 60 yrs old. #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: So, does wax count as a finish? #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @woodshaver101 I really like this too even though it’s painted and hides the wood http://t.co/On5NLnOi #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @FlairWoodworks yes, i think so. #woodchat

@woodshaver101: @uppercutwood I used gel stain and satin lacquer #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @woodshaver101 all hand applied (pad or brush) or did you spray lacquer? #woodchat

@WatkinsWoodWork: @FlairWoodworks yes wax totally counts #Woodchat

@woodshaver101: @uppercutwood thanks that is pigmented convertion varnish,a bullet proof finish #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: Do you guys find that satin, close-to-the-wood finishes are most popular? #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @FlairWoodworks No. White paint is super popular, and espresso glazed look. thanks pottery barn and crate & barrell #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: Tall cherry desk. Height matches kitchen island: http://t.co/2S9ZD9nl #woodchat


@woodshaver101: @FlairWoodworks most designers call for a satin finish #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: LA LA LA LA – I CAN’T HEAR YOU! RT @uppercutwood: @FlairWoodworks No. White paint is super popular, and espresso glazed look. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @DJOfurnituremkr I like it but the lack of back legs makes me think “uh oh hurry it’s gonna fall” #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @FlairWoodworks that’s what I tell them. “I build things out of wood, if you’d like white plastic…” #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: @DJOfurnituremkr Cool. You should build another one and put it on the other side of the wall. #woodchat @uppercutwood

@kring_l: hello all #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: @uppercutwood However, I do like the contrast that sleek painted surfaces provide. My last table is an example of that. #woodchat

@woodshaver101: @uppercutwood i agree but,I build what the customer is willing to pay for. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @woodshaver101 so you spray your pigmented varnish then. HVLP? Target Coatings? #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: @kring_l Hi James! We’re talking finishes, past projects, and stories! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @FlairWoodworks I agree. as a design element it can be powerful. I like dark dyes in that case though. #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: No, what I’m willing to build! #artist RT @woodshaver101: i agree but,I build what the customer is willing to pay for. #woodchat

@woodshaver101: @uppercutwood yes ,hvlp is the way to go #woodchat

@uppercutwood: I just sprayed some GF Water Based Dye Stain for a refinishing project. Loved it. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: Practice carvings: http://t.co/RXMmztwd #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: @uppercutwood Dyes provide different effects than paint. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @woodshaver101 Agree. I love it. I spray shellac with it as well. Water based dye stain and shellac is a lot of coats in one day #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @FlairWoodworks I find they hide the grain texture less. #woodchat

@woodshaver101: @uppercutwood any grain raising problems with the water base finish #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: That’s true. RT @uppercutwood: @FlairWoodworks I find they hide the grain texture less. #woodchat

@kring_l: ah cool how about this for a vet friend and oil man made from recycled boiler crates #woodchat http://t.co/qzd2dxY5

@woodshaver101: @kring_l those look cool #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: I picked up some bicycle rims I found behind a bike shop. Any ideas of how to incorporate them into woodwork/furniture? #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: Cherry electronics/sub woofer cabinet: http://t.co/H9E6js4E #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @FlairWoodworks round tables? #woodchat

@uppercutwood: Gorgeous RT @DJOfurnituremkr: Cherry electronics/sub woofer cabinet: http://t.co/CJPrDJxp #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: Cover the rims with glass? RT @uppercutwood: @FlairWoodworks round tables? #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: Did anybody see the video this week on Woodworkweb on OSMO? any thoughts? I’m thinking about trying it http://t.co/gwFEVLti #woodchat

@woodshaver101: @FlairWoodworks check out the new Belgian brewery in ft Collins Colorado

lots of bicycle art there. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: Matching media cabinet: http://t.co/CBc5D2cO #woodchat

@kring_l: @DJOfurnituremkr verry nice #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: @woodshaver101 Thanks for the lead. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @benjamenjohnson I didn’t thanks for the link. #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @FlairWoodworks @uppercutwood cover with glass…I thought the same thing. #woodchat

@woodshaver101: @FlairWoodworks they had some cool chairs made from bike rims #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @woodshaver101 yes, but you can mitigate by preraising #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @woodshaver101 are you using target coatings for pigmented varnish? #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @uppercutwood If half of what they show on the video is true. I’m all for environmentally friendly without dealing with water-base #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @benjamenjohnson what about alcohol base? #woodchat

@woodshaver101: @uppercutwood no i use Sherman Williams just because i have an account there #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @benjamenjohnson what base does OSMO use? #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: @benjamenjohnson In your profile pic, it looks like you’re blowing bubble gum. Is that s dust mask? #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @woodshaver101 thanks, I’ll give it a try. stinky and lacquer thinner cleanup? #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @uppercutwood I’m not sure what exactly what it uses for a base,I think it is plant oil based. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: My favorite finishes are Tried & True varnish oil, shellac & wax. Also Maloof mix. #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: @DJOfurnituremkr I’ve not tried Tried & True finishes but have wanted to for a while. How’s the durability? #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: @DJOfurnituremkr Have you tried the other two Tried & True finishes? #woodchat

@woodshaver101: @uppercutwood yes it is but there coming out with some new solvent based finishes that are more eco friendly #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @FlairWoodworks LOL. its a Resp-O-Rator Jr. goes in your mouth like a snorkle prevents glasses from fogging #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: @benjamenjohnson What about your nose? #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @FlairWoodworks I’ve never had an issue with durability. Drying can be an issue at times though. Yes, the are all great. #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: RT @uppercutwood: @benjamenjohnson what about alcohol base? Like Shellac? OK that’s pretty ECO friendly.they even use it in candy #woodchat


@woodshaver101: water base finish coats look like plastic no depth like a solvent based finish #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: @DJOfurnituremkr Why do you prefer Varnish Oil over the others? #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @FlairWoodworks there’s a nose clip to keep you breathing through your mouth. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @FlairWoodworks Higher viscosity and sheen. It’s a thick oil. Best to heat it to aid in applying. #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @FlairWoodworks I started using them after I reviewed them a few years ago. http://t.co/vxBdGen8 #woodchat

@MWA_National: Good evening #woodchat sorry we’re missing it, but a new MWA podcast is in the works.

@uppercutwood: @woodshaver101 some of the new ones look pretty good like Enduro Var #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @FlairWoodworks The original is great for a soft low sheen finish. The varnish oil gives you a satin/semi gloss. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @FlairWoodworks For tables about three week for 5 coats. #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @MWA_National Cool! I’ve liked what I’ve heard so far. #woodchat

@woodshaver101: @uppercutwood who makes that never heard of it #woodchat

@RichtheCarpnter: I use Sherwin Wms products as well with solvent based top coat. #woodchat

@woodshaver101: @RichtheCarpnter its good stuff #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @woodshaver101 General finishes. many times I’ll use one coat of water based on top of many coats of shellac or oil #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: @DJOfurnituremkr That’s a long tim to keep a shop dust-free. Is dust-free a requirement? #woodchat

@woodshaver101: @MWA_National whats the mwa stand for #woodchat

@RichtheCarpnter: @uppercutwood I checked out the GF site last night but no distributor nearby. Does anyone get these products via mail? #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @woodshaver101 I get the depth of the oil or shellac, but the final protection of the water based. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @FlairWoodworks No, dust is not an issue. #woodchat

@woodshaver101: @uppercutwood I’m going to give that a try #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @RichtheCarpnter I’ve ordered them online, but I prefer to run down to Seattle Woodcraft. free coffee and donut holes. #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: Cool. I’ll have to try one of their products! RT @DJOfurnituremkr: @FlairWoodworks No, dust is not an issue. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @woodshaver101 I used it on the trophy bases and a table. It’s very hard (floor finish hard) #woodchat

@woodshaver101: i’ve been thinking of using shellac,wasnt sure if I could top coat with water base #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @uppercutwood I really like GF wipe on Urethane. It’s really forgiving. I get mine at Rockler #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @woodshaver101 Just make sure you use de-waxed. #woodchat

@woodshaver101: I learned a lot from bob flexners book understanding wood finish’s i highly recommend it #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @woodshaver101 it’s what I do. if i add color i use dye, then lots of shellac to build up the right protection, then top coat #woodchat

@uppercutwood: amen to that RT @DJOfurnituremkr: @woodshaver101 Just make sure you use de-waxed. #woodchat

@woodshaver101: @DJOfurnituremkr dewaxed maybe thats were I went wrong #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @woodshaver101 I spray the shellac over the dye, if you rub it or brush it you could mess up the dye if it’s alcohol soluable #woodchat

@RichtheCarpnter: I make lots of painted cabinetry that needs to match existing trim on site. I get good results w/ HVLP and lightly thinned paint #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: Could be an interesting effect. RT @uppercutwood: if you rub it or brush it you could mess up the dye if it’s alcohol soluable #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @woodshaver101 i just buy cans of sealcoat for now. first coats I dilute a bit (I don’t measure the dilution) #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: #woodchat Speaking of GF I used their Wipe on Poly on both these toys http://t.co/fyMXLNlM

@woodshaver101: @uppercutwood isn’t that a mohawk product #woodchat

@RichtheCarpnter: @benjamenjohnson #woodchat are there any shipping restrictions on volume?

@benjamenjohnson: @RichtheCarpnter Good question. I don’t know I have a store a few miles away. #woodchat

@woodshaver101: trans tint makes some nice die pigments,i mixed mine with alcohol to get some nice color on maple and oak #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: I wish you could edit tweets…I meant wipe on urethane in my last tweet #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: @benjamenjohnson Delete and retweet. Or copy them all over to your blog and edit them all you like :) #woodchat

@RichtheCarpnter: Note to other Sherwin Wms users- they’ve had a policy change recently regarding sale of pigmented lacquer and conversion varnish. #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @woodshaver101 Thanks for the book recommend. I think its the one the guy at Rockler pulled down to show me too. Added to wishlist #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @RichtheCarpnter I think so, and it ships ORM-D (other regulated materials) #woodchat

@woodshaver101: @RichtheCarpnter new epa crap,they are coming out with some new stuff #woodchat

@woodshaver101: @benjamenjohnson its worth the investment,best book on finishing #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: Time to watch the news. See you next week. #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: Does anybody use pure oils, such as pure tung oil? #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @FlairWoodworks that interesting effect looks like crap. #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: Bye Dale. Thanks for the info on Tried & True finishes. RT @DJOfurnituremkr: Time to watch the news. See you next week. #woodchat

@woodshaver101: @DJOfurnituremkr see you later dale #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: You almost made me spit out my mouthful of dinner. RT @uppercutwood: @FlairWoodworks that interesting effect looks like crap. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @DJOfurnituremkr See you later Dale. Thanks for sharing your work! #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: Maybe you just need more practice? ;) RT @uppercutwood: @FlairWoodworks that interesting effect looks like crap. #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @FlairWoodworks I tried pure mineral oil once after it was recommended as a toy finish. Not impressed #woodchat

@woodshaver101: @FlairWoodworks not any more,to long to dry ,not enough protection #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @FlairWoodworks My practice tells me “when you’ve got the color coat right, don’t screw with it” #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @benjamenjohnson great laxative though #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: I might have to block you when I’m eating! RT @uppercutwood: @benjamenjohnson great laxative though #woodchat

@woodshaver101: @uppercutwood thats true wisdom #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: Is that knowledge gained from experience? :>) RT @uppercutwood: @benjamenjohnson great laxative though #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @benjamenjohnson yes, with my kids #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @uppercutwood I’m not going to ask. #woodchat

@woodshaver101: well nice chatting tonight ,see you all next week #woodchat

@kring_l: sorry cutting dovetails watching bruins then check #woodchat to see something about finishes and laxatives? #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: Wow. That was a quick hour. I’m going to enjoy dinner with my family. RT @woodshaver101: see you all next week #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: Looks like a good time to sign off as well. Thanks for all the “wisdom” everybody #woodchat

@RichtheCarpnter: Hahahaha RT @kring_l: sorry cutting dovetails watching bruins then check #woodchat to see something about finishes and laxatives?

@uppercutwood: thanks everyone for stopping by – tell your friends #woodchat

@kring_l: now sudden death gotta go #gobruins see yall next week #woodchat

@RichtheCarpnter: Talk with you guys soon. Thanks for the info. #woodchat