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How to Make and Hang A Live Edge Mantel!

Hey there! Today, I'm excited to share with you the journey of creating a cozy wood stove mantel straight from the heart of the forest. join me as we delve into the process of turning a humble log into a stunning piece of home decor that will bring warmth and character to any space.

DIY Live Edge Mantel

So, picture this: me, chainsaw strapped to my trusty four-wheeler, venturing deep into the woods in search of the perfect log for my fireplace mantel. Amongst the large oaks and the occasional patch of poison ivy, I came upon a fallen giant that caught my eye. With tape measure in hand, I carefully assessed its size and condition, knowing that this could be the one.

How to make your own wood mantel

After some deliberation, I decided to roll up my sleeves and tackle the fallen oak tree. Despite a few bumps along the way, like wrestling with poison ivy, I was determined to salvage this awesome log. With minimal rot and a solid structure, it seemed like the perfect candidate for my mantel project. Plus, its rugged charm had me envisioning a mantel with a bit of rustic flair.

With the log selected, it was time to fire up the chainsaw mill and get to work. I carefully positioned the log and began the milling process, aiming to achieve a level cut and preserve the natural beauty of the wood. Despite a few challenges, like navigating around knots and uneven surfaces, I powered through, knowing that the end result would be worth it.

DIY wood mantel

As the sawdust settled, I stepped back to admire the freshly milled pieces of wood. It was time to transform them into a functional mantel. With precision and patience, I measured, drilled, and sanded, ensuring a perfect fit and a smooth finish. The live edge design I had envisioned began to take shape, adding a touch of rustic charm to the mantel.

With the mantel crafted and mounted securely to the wall, it was time for the finishing touches. I installed black pipe brackets for added support and stability, ensuring that my creation would stand the test of time. A few coats of finish brought out the natural beauty of the wood, enhancing its grain and texture.

Barndominium mantel

Crafting a wood stove mantel from timber is a labor of love that requires patience, perseverance, and a bit of elbow grease. From selecting the right log to milling, crafting, and installing the final piece, each step of the process is an adventure in itself. As I sit back and admire my handiwork, I'm reminded of the beauty and resilience of nature, and the joy of bringing a piece of the forest into my home.

Thanks for joining me on this woodworking journey! I hope you've enjoyed following along as much as I've enjoyed sharing it with you. Stay tuned for more DIY projects and home improvement tips in the future. 

Thank you,

MR Post Frame


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