I'm making a kind of hollow box underneath the mantle, mainly so I can fix everything together easier. This will be made from Veneered oak face MDF, and have an applied moulding to the front to tie it into the mantle.
Here's the offending moulding, the rebate is a provision for the dentil moulding.
And here's how the whole thing will look, without the Nashers applied.
Here is how it stood at the end of today, the supports are too bland and need something to take your eye away from their blandness. There will be a moulding around the top and bottom of the split turning too, so that should help no end. I'm starting to doubt the design a little bit(I always do), It can be difficult working on your own sometimes, there is no one to bounce ideas off, or to say that looks good, or that looks dreadful. I'm thinking of having a full size cardboard cutout of Alan Peters(my cabinetmaking hero), so I've got someone to talk too and to tell me where I'm going wrong! I think the mantle looks a bit bulky, but the boxy bit can be removed very easily, if the client doesn't like it. They have OK'd the drawing and the full sized rod. It's just me having doubt's!
Hello, anybody there?
The other option is for it to look like this, without the cove and dental moulding.
This is what I have decided for the bland old supports, I might run a scratch detail down the middle too.
I hope to be all finished this week, Thanks for looking.