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Undermount puck lights add a dynamic element to this fireplace mantle. The mantle looks like a solid beam, but it is really a hollow floating shelf. 

 

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The Hollow Beam
I wanted the look of a substantial mantle over the fireplace, but I also wanted downlights to illuminate the stone surround. The hollow mantle served both purposes.
Mantle Beam
The puck lights
The lights are recessed into the bottom of the beam so that they are flush.
Puck Lights
Wall Mounted Cleats
The hollow mantle beam hangs from the wall by attaching to cleats. A switched outlet receptable will activate the lights.
Wall Mounted Cleats
The End of the Beam
The end of the beam is filled with wood pieces so that the exposed end looks solid. This exposed end is shaped to fit around a three-sided vertical post.
Beam End
Attaching Post to Beam
In addition to the cleats, the beam is attached to the post by two dowels that are glued in place through both pieces.
Beam End
Flush cut the dowels
The dowels are cut flush with the surface of the beam and sanded smooth. The illusion of true post and beam construction is taking shape.
Beam End
The Finsihed Beam
The finished beam looks massive and rings true to post and beam construction. The undermount lights cast nice shadows on the stone facade.
Beam End
The Hearth Ties In
The hearth was made to look like it was sitting on a second beam. The unity of the mantle and the hearth tie everything together.
Beam End

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