Custom Mantel – Part 5
Written by Todd Fratzel.
Today I started by installing a piece of 3/4″ stock on top of the 5/4 material that I applied last time. This 3/4″ “shelf” is really just a building block to attach the lower piece of moulding and also a piece to attach the upper piece of the mantel face. As you can see in the second picture I next applied the lower piece of moulding (WindsorOne WOCM003) just below the “shelf” I face nailed it with finish nails and I also countersunk some screws down from the top of the “shelf”.
After I finished with that I started applying the upper face piece which is a piece of 3/4″ stock with a small cove taken out of it (WindsorOne WOCM002). I screwed in some blocks on top of the “shelf” and then nailed the face piece to that (see photo below).
Finally I applied the base moulding (WindsorOne WOBM001) around the entire base of the hearth and mantel legs. The next step will be installing the 5/4 x 10 top shelf and the final piece of crown moulding just below that. I also need to put a couple pieces of cove moulding below the lowest moulding and just below the hearth.
Books About Mantels That I Used
Constructing a Fireplace Mantel: Step-by-Step from Plywood And Stock Moldings
Step-by-step to a Classic Fireplace Mantel
Building Fireplace Mantels: Distinctive Projects for Any Style Home
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