Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! Well, we are in the final stretches of the new flooring adventure. I say adventure so that I sound positive, but its been hell. Its solid wood flooring, because it will allow refinishing out dog damage. The house has been impossible to live in. But the floors are down. I installed new base boards. I've got the kitchen and living room painted. Several rooms to go. One of my many careers was painting. Today though, the one part of the project that I am going to enjoy will get started. Today my mantle came in. My buddy Lee Tigner and I did a trade for the mantle. The wood is White Oak from a late 1800's log cabin log. I have quartersawn White Oak planks to make the wooden fireplace wrap part. This is going to be fun. These pics are the mantle piece with the old under structure. Also shown is the quartersawn planks stacked on the table behind the mantle. Two of the surfaces on the piece are hand finished and original to the cabin log. Lee cut the opposing face and the rear face for me. They are smooth.