A classic piece of furniture is always built according to a detailed plan. Each model in our gallery of designs begins life as a series of sketches on the drawing board, progresses to a set of measured, computer-generated, working drawings, then is finally built into a full-scale prototype. 

The prototype is evaluated for sound construction techniques, fit and appearance of all joints, ease of assembly, and aesthetic appeal of the actual proportions. Our goal is to create a mantelpiece that will deliver a lifetime of beauty and enjoyment.

The best plans in the world are no good if not properly executed. Proper construction depends on careful selection of each piece of wood that goes into our mantels. 

We start with only the finest grade of kiln-dried hardwoods. We then hand-select the right pieces needed to make each mantel component, giving careful consideration to the grain and natural pigmentation of the wood. We actually reject more solid hardwood than some other mantel manufacturers use in their products! (You won't find any particle board or other manufactured wood products in our mantels.)

At Jefferson Mantelworks, we believe in using only the finest joinery techniques in the construction of our mantels. From tight-fitting mortise-and-tennon joints to precision-cut miter joints, we consider each mantel to be a piece of fine furniture, not simply a stack of molding cobbled together to make a shelf above your fireplace. 

All our moldings are custom-milled to meet the exact specifications for the intended mantel. That's just one of the many measures we take to insure strict conformance to our carefully and accurately proportioned designs.