Custom Totara Mantelpiece

Custom Totara Mantelpiece

February 27, 2020

After renovating their 1920s bungalow in Mount Eden, a client approached us with an existing totara porch beam she wanted to re-purpose as a mantelpiece. Bellow are a few iterations of its design and the assembly process of the one we ended up making. 

Process sketches


Iteration A

Iteration B

Iteration C


Exploded View of Components



This was a fun design exercise. It pushed me to think about a good compromise between the beam and the brackets.