Very simple mantel/fireplace surround

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Project by niagrab posted 05-09-2012 05:55 AM 3629 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years ago, I had just started into woodworking with my first two projects ever…a drafting desk and a bar for my basement. Well, shortly after that I had to move from a spacious house to a small apartment due to a work relocation, and one of the casualties of the move was the vast majority of my tools and any available space to work in. Well, I’m finally back into a home with a garage to work in, so I thought that I would get back into things with a nice and simple project that I remembered seeing in a DIY video some years back. I’m still working on reacquiring the tools that I had before, but with my cheap table saw and a router I was able to throw the mantel together last weekend. It’s just 3/4” MDF all around. I would like to build in some book shelves and perhaps cabinets in the recessed sections on either side of the fireplace this weekend, but I’m not sure of the design as of yet. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

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#1 posted 05-09-2012 12:25 PM

I like the design, simple but very eye catching. I don’t really have any suggestions on the recessed cabinets you are planning, but bas on how this came out I bet whatever you come up with will be perfect. Nicely done.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 05-09-2012 12:45 PM

Simple maybe, but really nice! I think for the book cases you could just keep the same design elements. So the top with the molding and (not sure what they are called) fenials (?), then keep the straight lines with the same type of molding at the bottom. The scale you did is so nice! If 2 cases on each side then use the fenials in between and on the end. Maybe even make those a smaller scale to accent the mantle/surround. You seem to have a good eye, so I am sure your project will be awesome.

-- Nancy

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#3 posted 05-09-2012 03:57 PM

Well done!

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#4 posted 05-09-2012 08:01 PM

The simple things are always way more complicated that what meets the eye. Nice job.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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