Well Dad and I finished the mantel today. Such a smooth install! We build everything so we could transport it easy by building it all as take downable components. A really fun way to do it and was possible using pocket holes.
The design was perfect too. Not over sized or heavy on the moldings. Lots of details yet restrained profiles. Check out the whole process on my gallery:
Traditional Mantel Design & Install
Let me know what you think? Im always looking for new, different, and better designs.