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resin fireplace corbelTraditional Style

After looking at many corbels used during the American Colonial and Federal architectural periods, I finally settled on this resin corbel for Greg’s fireplace mantel.

It’s made by a company called Outwater Plastics, makers of all kinds of affordable architectural details — some great and some not so great.

But this corbel is great

And you can use it not just on fireplace mantels, but on door and window surrounds, underneath ceiling beams or even crown molding corbel returns.

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resin corbelTraditional Style

Resin corbels like these are an excellent addition to the architectural details you design and install in your home.

The detail resolution on this one in quite nice, even rivaling some plaster corbels. Just look at how nice the acanthus leaf pattern lays on the front.

But the great benefit of resin corbels is their durability and price.

This resin material is like very dense rubber, so you don’t have to worry about destroying the whole thing if you drop or bump it. I even shot 18 gauge brad nails into this one.

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wood corbelsTraditional Style

After working so hard to build a beautiful mantel or entablature, you sure don’t want to skimp on the quality of corbel you use.

In this case I found some perfectly good, hand carved corbels at my local lumber yard.

Granted, it’s a very, very nice lumber yard in an upscale part of town (Rochester, Michigan), and the price was surprisingly good.

But if you can’t find any locally, you can find plenty of them online. And I mean plenty.

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