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  1. Could you tell me what heavy duty screws you used? We’re about to do the same thing and I want to get that part right for sure!! Thanks so much in advance.

  2. Nicole Schmits says:

    Did you have to kiln dry the wood before hanging it in your house? We recently had a friend cut us a beautiful oak mantle piece but we didn’t know if we should have dried by a kiln before setting it. It takes about 3 yrs to dry out naturally. Help! We want to hang it but aren’t sure if we should w/o having it dried or not.

    1. No, we did not kiln dry the wood. We left it outside to dry out for several weeks before starting the project, though.

      1. Can you tell me how you cut the hole in the middle of the log to fit over the 2×4?

  3. Martha Cross says:

    This is AWESOME! Just what we have been looking for to update our fireplace to use the cut down trees from our property!!!

    Thank you so very much!

    1. Glad it helps! Hope your project goes well!

  4. Are those black and white tiles or stenciled painting on the front? Love the whole thing!

    1. Hi Diane – they’re ceramic tiles from Home Depot! 🙂

  5. Looks great and I am redoing my fireplace ….great idea!!!!
    What is that around your fireplace? Tile? the black and white pattern…..??

    1. Thanks, Chad! It’s ceramic tile from Home Depot. 🙂

  6. Kim Santini says:

    I would never have thought about such thing! This website has really blown my mind! BRILLIANT! JUST BRILLIANT x

  7. Wow! This is freaking beautiful! I can’t believe it is DIY! Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial with us at Merry Monday this week. This project is definitely going on the to-do list.

  8. Love this mantel Amanda. I’m inspired to do something similar since I like scratching up new territory but right now, I don’t have the resources to start. For now, I’ll just bookmark this page! Keep up the good job.

  9. That’s a really cool mantel! I have several pieces of trunk and some branches from an oak tree that fell at my parents’ house during Hurricane Harvey – I actually planted the tree myself about 25 years ago, so I wasn’t about to let it get hauled away! Now I’m trying to come up with some projects for it – I predict a lot of people will be getting DIY coasters from me for Christmas! Haha. What tool did you use to cut the ridge in the back? I’m wondering what tool to turn to for more precise cuts like that.

    1. Thanks, Jamie!! And wow – it’s sad the tree is gone but how cool to have the wood! He used a plunge router for the back of the mantel!