How To Turn An Old Box Beam Into A Fireplace Mantle
Homeowners who need to add mantels to their existing fireplace are often faced with the dilemma of matching their existing wood grain to the grain of the wood being used for the fireplace mantel. In order to match the gain of the wood exactly it is often desirable to have a sample of the wood that will be matched. This way the new wood can be as close as possible.
Oftentimes the situation arises where you will not be able to find the exact type or hewn of wood needed to exactly match the existing wood grain. In this instance a suitable replacement needs to be fabricated for use on the mantle.
We learned a few things from the carpenters we spoke to at a seminar in Toronto, apparently, here are other things to consider when matching the grain from existing wood trim to wood for the mantle above the fireplace. Many different types of stain will show the grain of the wood differently. With brighter stains and lighter colored finishes the grain is often more pronounced, making it harder to match. With darker stains the grain can be more difficult to see and the beams appearance is more easily replicated
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