The fireplace mantle was quite a complicated project that involved a lot of steps. The design comes from the 'Taos Style' of furniture. I had built myself a bed in this style some years ago and was keen to try my hand at some of the joinery techniques involved again.
Building the Mantle Part 1
Building the mantle - Part 2 - Raised Panels
Building the Mantle - Part 3 - The panels and corbels
Building the Mantle - Part 4 - Making the Inlays
Building the Mantle - Part 5 - Final Assembly