Canadian Woodworking

Beech mantle

Author: Carl Duguay
Published: April May 2009
Brent Randall
Brent Randall

The mantel, made from solid and veneered European steamed beech, is approximately 10″ by 72″ with a 13″ deep top.

The beech was coloured using an aniline dye followed by a gel stain glaze. The finish is several coats of a homemade oil/varnish mix. The marquetry inlay is made of mahogany, curly maple, walnut and pear. The mouldings were all made in Brent’s shop with the curved molding across the bottom of the frieze done using bent laminations. This project was Brent’s first incorporating marquetry, veneering and bent lamination. You can see more of his work at

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