This week I take an old chunk of walnut that I have had for a few years and turn it into a $4000 fireplace mantel for a customer across the country.
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0:00 Intro
0:23 Backstory on this log/mantel
1:25 Wood cleanup
2:12 Sealing the slab/epoxy pour
3:40 Extreme epoxy leak
4:55 Bold request, giveaway details
6:20 Planing and jointing
8:48 Router trick
10:50 Sander Trick
11:35 Floating shelf bracket install
14:06 Dutchman joint inlay
17:05 Block plane and sanding
18:19 Finish the mantle (round 1)
19:20 Big little mistake
20:47 Final reveal
Items used in this build (some alternatives given due to supply chain issues):
Deep pour epoxy:
Moisture meter (similar):
Angle grinder:
Track saw:
Table top epoxy (touch-ups/fast):
CA glue:
Sandpaper eraser:
Threaded inserts:
Festool sander:
Lightstick (now $55):
Rubio Monocoat:
Gem buffer:
Photography light (similar):
Flush trim bit:
White buffing pads:
3M sandpaper:
Auger bit:
Sandpaper storage:

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  • Worst place : Taiwan in winter 😬 I'm wondering why you put in the bow ties?

    Green as Keen asGreen as Keen asVor Monat
    • Sinai desert in winter. Surprisingly cold and wer.

      Michael PigottMichael PigottVor 13 Stunden
    • @BunzeeBear Amen.

      Kav MWKav MWVor 18 Stunden
    • Did you visit china AFTERWARDS?

      Johan HøckJohan HøckVor Tag
    • @Blacktail Studio no they don't lol

      milesaboveumilesaboveuVor 2 Tage
    • southern tip of Taiwan in summer. The nasty spiders get into your towels and surprise you when you wash up in the morning. I did like the beer though.

      wonderful beeswonderful beesVor 3 Tage
  • Mix some sawdust with epoxy, let it tack up and then pack it in those big voids and let it dry. Go back in and do a second pour of table top epoxy. You will never get some of those cracks sealed up with tape good enough that they won't leak. Have chased this problem until I'm sick of chasing it. Got to get a seal in the bottom of those cracks or you're just going to continue trying to get them filled.

    Cousin EddieCousin EddieVor 10 Minuten
  • Worst place : the volcanic ash side of Mt Fugi for a week, a small camp for Marines I was sent TAD to in '75.

    Ace bluenoteAce bluenoteVor 16 Minuten
  • Worst place Bhagdad Iraq 07-09. I don’t recommend it. Question is I’m looking at doing a small coffee table with bullet casings. Do you for see any issues with the epoxy reacting to with the brass casings?

    1sneado1sneadoVor 19 Minuten
    • Nope, a bunch of people have done that 👍🏼👍🏼

      Blacktail StudioBlacktail StudioVor 18 Minuten
  • I made it! Nice work. I'm too tired to do that kind of finish anymore though....I leave the wood raw what you get a splinter here and there. If someone doesn't like it, they don't have to buy it.

    Ace bluenoteAce bluenoteVor 20 Minuten
    • Wow! You are right on top of things. That was the fastest reply yet. lol

      Ace bluenoteAce bluenoteVor 8 Minuten
  • 3M cubitron! That stuff will make your knees week if you’ve operated a sander for hours and hours. Used to use it to finish ballistic military helmets. Great sandpaper!

    Tim SuttonTim SuttonVor Stunde
  • Wood farts

    Unkle FritzUnkle FritzVor Stunde
  • Good day everyone, l enjoyed watching the video. But sincerely l'm a newbie to trading. Please I need someone to help me trade or invest the forex or crypto market because I'm tired of trading in losses myself. I've blown my account twice and it's frustrating..please recommend a good expert that can trade on my behalf and generate profit for me.

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    • NO DOUBT.. there are just a few sincere expert thou

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  • Worst place: Dawson, GA working in the Chattahoochee River Swamp Spillway.....Nats will choke you. How would you handle making some sawmill cut 4×6 red oak (dry kilned and been sitting for 9 months) into a tabletop?

    Chris TaylorChris TaylorVor 2 Stunden
  • So refeshing to hear a American who acknowledges the rest of the world exists.

    Florian HanschFlorian HanschVor 2 Stunden
  • No I am thinking $4000 for a split rotted ( not cut ) piece of wood ! your client must be stupidly rich

    gowd sakegowd sakeVor 2 Stunden
  • Indiana

    Duck ties and zip tapeDuck ties and zip tapeVor 2 Stunden
  • Worst place: I guess Santa Clara California because I went there for work but from what I remember I wasn't impressed with what I saw. The first video of your channel I have seen and I instantly subscribed. That piece looks great!

    Scott TuttleScott TuttleVor 2 Stunden
  • Avoid Baltimore.

    ZipZappZoppZipZappZoppVor 3 Stunden
  • CA

    bryce kelleybryce kelleyVor 3 Stunden
  • Ensenada, Mexico. Without reading through the comments. I'm trying to understand what that "degumming" wand is?

    HermanHermanVor 3 Stunden
  • Worst place Ive been is Siberia in the summer. Horse flies the size of small birds.

    K666KevinK666KevinVor 3 Stunden
  • The worst place I have ever been was Crater of Diamonds State Park, Murphysborough, Arkansas in August. Second worst place was Hot Springs. AR. same August. Don't know what was worse - the heat and humidity or my four kids 8 - 12 years of age...

    Tom CliftonTom CliftonVor 4 Stunden
  • Worst place: Abu Ghraib, Iraq. That is a gorgeous mantel!

    Daniel H.Daniel H.Vor 4 Stunden
  • Worst place: Scipio, Utah. Hitch-hiking cross-country, 1972. Hotter than blazes and no ride for 12 hours. Love what you did to that piece of wood!

    Ari Bar-Oz L. BurrowsAri Bar-Oz L. BurrowsVor 4 Stunden
  • The worst place I've ever been is my Ex-wife's parent's home, while they were in it! Oh, and any other place they were in while I was also there! Oh, and beautiful work on the mantel. This is the first video of yours I have watched.

    Lyon SailingLyon SailingVor 4 Stunden
  • Liked+subbed&COMMENTED;)

    BR0 T4T0BR0 T4T0Vor 4 Stunden
  • Central Florida. What a pit.

    stuckiestuckieVor 5 Stunden
  • Couldn't you have used a bit extender? That's the only thing I would have suggested

    matthewJ142matthewJ142Vor 5 Stunden
  • Aren't Makita tools great?! 😄

    matthewJ142matthewJ142Vor 5 Stunden
  • Wonder if you could first get some fiberglass resin in the deep areas then go with the other stuff?

    ozarkprepper1ozarkprepper1Vor 5 Stunden
  • Worst place: Northern Utah. The scenery is gorgeous, sure, but roads are absolutely horrendous. I'm convinced their department of transportation is embezzling funds.

    Vega EmberVega EmberVor 6 Stunden
  • Worst place ..USA alover

    Sjef HendrickxSjef HendrickxVor 6 Stunden
  • 4000 ? Whaaat 😱🥴

    Sjef HendrickxSjef HendrickxVor 6 Stunden
  • Very nice work, looks great. Upstate NY is my favorite place. (I live downstate). Worst place-Elizabeth New Jersey. The air quality....well....

    William KopposWilliam KopposVor 6 Stunden
  • I wish to have table for my kids but no way to offered to buy this table maybe in my dream.... Beautiful wood and good work.....

    king bushking bushVor 6 Stunden
  • I used to wear no PPE when it was mandatory and people clapped for me. I retired 7 years ago after working for 36 years in a coal burning power plant. Perfectly good because I was astute at all times.

    American Patriot 2022American Patriot 2022Vor 6 Stunden
  • Nice work!!! Arizona/Mexican border crossing, late 70's, no drinking age. I Saw two little boys around 5 yrs old, buy hard alcohol at a liquer store, and were drinking it before they got to the door. Too sad!

    68GTO68GTOVor 7 Stunden
  • Johannesburgs suicide tower

    SankanyuSankanyuVor 7 Stunden
  • Very informative and quite interesting

    Darryll DevineDarryll DevineVor 7 Stunden
  • Sympathy subscription... ;)

    The New Janky WorkshopThe New Janky WorkshopVor 7 Stunden
  • I absolutely loved the finished product. You do all that work because you want to make a Professional Job of it! Worst place is where I live now, in Canoas RS Brazil. HOT HUMID summers and the winters are FREEZING! Houses have no insulation or central heating!

    SledcatSledcatVor 8 Stunden
  • I can't even cut a piece of wood straight, no matter how many times I measure!

    Orion 59Orion 59Vor 8 Stunden
  • Worst place; Upstate NY🤣.

    Gin PlusGin PlusVor 8 Stunden
  • Katmandu was horrible, don't go there even on a whim..

    John RolfeJohn RolfeVor 8 Stunden
  • Zimbabwe

    Jan MalanJan MalanVor 8 Stunden
  • worse place, Edmonton Alberta, Best place Chicago Illinois

    James KeenanJames KeenanVor 9 Stunden
  • Worst place : Telfer West Australia in their summer. Over 100 days over 50 c 122 F. Nasty flies Hot Hot Hot

    Tom TaylorTom TaylorVor 9 Stunden
  • The worst place I ever been to is jail

    We BeeN herE XxzzWe BeeN herE XxzzVor 9 Stunden
  • most anywhere in Afghanistan.. haha..

    daeddy75thdaeddy75thVor 9 Stunden
  • Absolutely stunning my friend, very talented 👏

    Ant SquiersAnt SquiersVor 9 Stunden
  • For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. (2 Corinthians 7:10) The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9) And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: (Acts 17:30)

    Thomas FieldsThomas FieldsVor 11 Stunden
  • Atlanta

    Jeffrey MichaelJeffrey MichaelVor 12 Stunden
  • Worst place Karachi, Pakistan. I just found your channel, subscribed, and am looking forward to your videos.

    Steven ScottSteven ScottVor 12 Stunden
  • you can hav it done, or a better job in India for 150 USD

    khurram aneequekhurram aneequeVor 12 Stunden
  • Nebraska, especially Lincoln. Don't go, even if someone there owes u money.

    Alvin TreloarAlvin TreloarVor 12 Stunden
  • Can I have a small table sent to kerala, south India. Love your posts.

    daredevildaredevilVor 12 Stunden
  • Worst place I´ve ever being, is Downtown Dayton Ohio horrible and scary, Most beautiful is Cancun Mexico. Great work, I like wood a lot!!

    a Sa SVor 13 Stunden
  • Thanks for the idéa of cleaning your boots with high pressure air.

    Kristian KalinKristian KalinVor 13 Stunden
  • quality tools make a difference

    Kristof MeertKristof MeertVor 13 Stunden
  • LA- total shxx hoe, great video.

    todd doantodd doanVor 14 Stunden
  • Get a roll of decent black plastic to work on - epoxy doesn't stick to it.

    David TaylorDavid TaylorVor 14 Stunden
  • I'll take Pilot Rock over Portland any day. I've been to the mill there and currently I am in Pendleton.

    Chris WaddleChris WaddleVor 14 Stunden
  • Amsterdam/Netherlands gotta be my least favourite place. Not much interesting arcitecture to make up for the lack of nature in this concrete country and despite what people say they do not speak very good English over there and it was just an overall meh experience for me personally. I hear Northern Netherlands has more nature and overall looks nicer though, but I was never there.

    Avius LAvius LVor 15 Stunden
  • The second coat of rubio made me very happy. It is absolutely perfect!

    Mark GeurdsMark GeurdsVor 15 Stunden
  • Stay away from Charleston, West Virginia.

    Daniel GriffithDaniel GriffithVor 15 Stunden
  • Banjul Gambia, Grim, very very grim! Love your work :)

    Sue CasasSue CasasVor 15 Stunden
  • Worst place: Russia

    Juz ZiJuz ZiVor 18 Stunden
  • Michigan stay far away that state

    Ted MeigelTed MeigelVor 19 Stunden
  • Worst place is stuck in traffic. Thanks for all the great videos you make.

    Lyrel PriceLyrel PriceVor 20 Stunden
  • Thanks for all your videos and information! Do you find a belt sander works better than the Rotex sander for removing excess epoxy?

    IBGIBGVor 20 Stunden
  • Indianapolis. Hands down.

    CB BCCB BCVor 20 Stunden
  • Baltimore, MD by FAR is the worst place I’ve ever been. I’m an electrical engineer, and I needed to travel the country a few years ago for a huge contract my company landed. It was for a huge retail chain, so I’ve been to pretty much every major city in the U.S. Baltimore was an absolute train wreck of a city…it even beats Detroit, believe it or not.

    obscurityobscurityVor 22 Stunden
  • Nice piece of wood. I am very surprised that you haven't figured out how to blend in the bow ties with the wood. Also the Black poxy in the cracks should appear to look more natural if they were to continue across the bow ties. I would have matched the color of the bow ties to the wood better. I know I'm going to get a lot of grief over my remarks but I know that you like to hear feedback whether good or bad.

    Harold BrooksHarold BrooksVor 22 Stunden
  • I have a walnut mantle almost exactly like this. It was white walnut grafted to black. There's a nice color split on about a third.

    Joe GleasonJoe GleasonVor 22 Stunden
$4000 Block of Wood