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The Mountain Woodworker
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Our Handcrafted Corbels
At Mountain Woodworkers we believe that our woodcraft should follow the classical, clean, and simplicity of the American Arts and Crafts style. Our corbels are crafted from a variety of hardwoods and traditional construction techniques.
The curves of the Mountain Woodworker corbels soften the look of any room with the straight edges. They may be painted or stained according to our clients' needs.
The Craftsman and Mission style woodwork, such as furniture, kitchen cabinets, and mill work have made an immense comeback into today's world of design.
Finding the Right Corbels
Corbels come in different sizes and a variety of different woods which makes it easy to fit a wide range of design needs and easy to fit a type of application desired. You can even choose the same design of corbel to carry a theme in a room, but use the right sizes to fit the different tasks in the room.
In a kitchen, for example, smaller corbels may be used in the design of cabinetry, while medium and large corbels may be used as support structures for counter tops as well as shelves.
This makes it easy to find the right wood corbels for different types of applications. As an example, the same wood corbels can be used in different parts of the kitchen: smaller corbels can be incorporated in design of the kitchen cabinets, medium corbels and large corbels can be used to support counter tops, kitchen hoods, ledges. Large wood corbels can be installed in the door openings or incorporated in trim-work throughout the house.
If you are choosing a corbel for a shelf, desktop, or mantel usually its depth would be 1 to 3 inches less than the overall width of the shelf, desk, or mantel .
Our custom wood corbels and brackets can be used to beautify a room and unite the room's decorative scheme.
Corbels Depth Requirements
When choosing corbels to support your kitchen counter tops the most important thing you should focus on is the corbel's depth. In order to provide the additional support required for granite and marble counter tops the corbels depth should be at least half of the counter top overhang depth. For example, if the overhand of your marble or granite top on your kitchen island is 12"deep then you should select a corbel that is at least 6"deep. This rule also applies for applications where a knee wall is present such as a kitchen pass-through or bar counter top.
To support a simple shelf or mantel shelf the depth of the wood corbels should be at least 70% of the overall depth. For example, for a 10"deep shelf the corbels should be at least 7"deep. In many cases it is more appropriate to select a wooden corbel depth that is 1 to 2 inches less than the overall shelf width. For example for a 10"deep shelf a corbels that is 8 or 9"deep would be recommended.
Wood Selection for Corbels
Which is the right wood for your corbels? It's not always an easy choice. But our Selection Guide can help you pick the best wood for your home improvement project, with a particular eye toward corbels. Whether you're a homeowner, designer or builder, we hope you find this guide to be a valuable resource.
Corbels are made from select hardwoods, which are durable but also pliable enough for woodworking. We use seven hardwood species: alder, beech, cherry, hard maple, mahogany, oak (red and white), poplar, walnut, and white hardwood.
You can accentuate the corbel's wood grain by putting just enough stain on to bring out the texture, or paint it to bring out the design. The look of the corbels also heavily relies on the existing style of the room in your home. In some spaces and with certain designs one finish may look better than another. What you don't have to worry about is corbels being finish-specific, but some may work a bit better than others in certain rooms and finish ideas.
A beautiful wood that is growing in popularity, alder is relatively soft compared with other hardwoods and thus easy to work with. It features graining and rich tones that are similar to cherry, but at a much lower price tag.
Three factors that make beech a popular choice for corbels: it takes stain well, is easy to work with, and has an excellent finish.
Strong and relatively hard, cherry is known for its durability. But its beauty is the primary reason it's so often chosen for corbels. Initially light brown in tone, cherry gradually darkens over time to display warm, reddish-brown hues. If you're looking to add a special touch to your cherry corbels, this wood looks spectacular when finished with a clear polyurethane varnish.
Hard maple generally has interesting graining that adds life to corbels. A relatively clear wood that ranges from light brown to creamy tan in color, it takes nicely to natural or light finishes. Honey brown stain tends to complement hard maple corbels particularly well.
Oak (Red and White)
Both red and white oak stain beautifully in most any color and sport distinctive grain patterns ranging from straight lines to wide arcs. Red oak, the more common of the varieties, has a pinkish tint and open grain pores. White oak has a slightly greenish hue and smaller pores.
Red oak is porous hardwood with a texture that ranges between medium and coarse. The red oak wood is strong, quite heavy, and wears well. When stained, the grain of oak is exaggerated beautifully.
Poplar is pale yellow to white in color with a greenish tint in the sapwood and open grain pores. It stains well across a range of colors (including a honey tone with darker colors) and holds paint quite nicely too. It is a reasonably priced option when choosing a wood for your corbels.
What makes white hardwood stand out -- particularly for crafting corbels -- is that it's so easy to work with. The softness and straight grain of white hardwood make it the ideal carving wood. It also takes well to paint or a polyurethane finish.