This step by step diy woodworking project is about fireplace mantel plans. If you want to learn more about building a basic fireplace mantel, we recommend you to take a look over the instructions described in the article. Work with good judgement and don’t forget to take a look over the rest of the related plans, as there are many designs and woodworking projects to select from.
Work with attention and don’t forget that a good planning will save you from many issues and it will keep the costs withing the total budget. Invest in high quality materials, such as pine, redwood or cedar. Drill pocket holes before inserting the galvanized screws, to prevent the wood from splitting. Add waterproof glue t the joints, in order to enhance the rigidity of the structure.
Projects made from these plans
Fireplace Mantel Plans
- A – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 22″ long BASE
- B – 1 piece of 2×12 lumber – 44 1/2″ long ARCH
- C – 2 piece of 4×4 lumber – 47 3/4″ long LEGS
- D – 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 51 1/2″ long TOP
- E – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 54 1/2″ long SUPPORTS
- F – 4 pieces of 1×1 molding – 6 1/4″ long, 4 pieces – 56″ long TRIMS
- G -1 piece of 2×8 lumber – 57 1/2″ long TOP
Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level
Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander
Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses
Building a fireplace mantel
First of all, you need to build the top arch of the fireplace mantel. In order to get a professional result, we recommend you to mark the cut lines on the 2×12 slat and to get the job done using a jigsaw. Smooth the edges with fine-grit sandpaper and remove the excess with a damp cloth.
Adjust the size of the component to suit your needs, as well as the shape of the arch.
Next, fit the 2×6 supports to the top arch. Cut the supports at the right dimensions and drill pocket holes along the top edge. Align the components together and insert 2 1/2″ screws to create rigid joints. Add glue to enhance the bond.
Continue the woodworking project by fitting the 4×4 legs to the sides of the fireplace mantel. Drill pocket holes along the side edges of the mantel and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the legs. Leave no gaps and add glue for a tighter bond.
Attach a 2×4 slat to the top of the fireplace mantel, as described in the diagram. Align the edges with great care and secure the slat to the frame by inserting 2 1/2″ screws, after drilling pilot holes.
Next, fit 2×6 slats to the top and to the bottom of the faux fireplace, in order to enhance the appearance of the woodworking project. Make sure the back edges are flush and secure the slats to the frame using 2 1/2″ screws and glue.
Last but not least, you need to attach the top slat to the wooden fireplace. Cut the component out of 2×8 lumber at the right size. Attach the slat to the structure and secure it into place using 2 1/2″ screws and glue. Leave no gaps between the components and remove the excess using a damp cloth.
If you really want to make you project stand out, fit molding to the faux fireplace, as described in the diagram. Use glue and finishing nails to lock the components into place tightly.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the project and to protect the fireplace from decay, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain. Place the fireplace mantel in a proper location and move it whenever necessary.
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