How to build a fireplace mantel. Cut a poplar shelf to fit across the top of the mantel then nail the shelf to the nailer strip. How to create a fireplace mantel. Determine the size of your boxes by measuring the distance from the brick to the edge of the mantel and then from the mantel to the floor.
A new fireplace mantel can brighten up an entire room. Cost skill level. Remodeling host juan rivera and darrell beer show you how easy it is to build a mantel surround for a fireplace.
Our boxes measure 53 14 tall x 6 wide x 7. To build the side columns for the new surround use mdf to construct two rectangular boxes with open backs. Sand the entire mantel to 220 grit and make sure that any glue squeeze out from the assembly is gone.
Once merely a means of cooking up grub and keeping rooms warm its now a ceremonial focal point that symbolizes the cozy comforts of winterand a wood mantel gives the hearth even more warmth. This project uses standard lumber and crown molding to create a fresh new look. How to build a fireplace mantel with reclaimed timbers.
The humble fireplace has come a long way.