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I’ve often wondered how something like lacewood would finish out, if used as a main design piece. Photo pool member Butterjug2000 has removed all doubt in this matter with his recent mantle project.

Normally, we don’t see much lacewood outside of veneer, but this looks to be a solid piece. If it’s not, Butterjug did a masterful job of concealing it with the finished edges. We also applaud him for keeping the design very simple and letting the wood speak for itself.

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One Response to From the Flickr Pool: Lacewood Mantle

  1. Steve Thompson says:

    Thanks guys! Yes it’s solid Lacewood. My local supplier had a 9′, 8/4 board about 8″ wide in their exotics pile and I got it for about $100 (pretty good here in Los Angeles). Cut in half and glued up I ended up with just under 4″ slab. My house is relatively contemporary, so I didn’t want it too fancy – plus the wood is just so unbelievably beautiful it didn’t need much. The pictures don’t even do it justice.

    I’m a big fan of layering finishes (I think you posted my Norm-inspired recipe for some mahogany veneer speakers I built). This one is 2 coats of 50% cut amber shellac, 5 coats of Formby’s Tung Oil finish, and 2 coats of dark brown Briwax (the tinted wax really made the grain pop!).

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