Fireplace mantel

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Project by vbquick1 posted 12-30-2013 02:03 PM 2431 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a mantel that I built after purchasing a home that was missing a mantel. My wife picked a picture out online and asked me to build it. I constructed it using plywood with the help of a Kreg jig for the joints. I sprayed it with a latex gloss finish. The crown and decorative trim was purchased off the shelf at Home Depot.

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#1 posted 12-30-2013 02:35 PM

Excellent work!
Noting like dressing up a fireplace with a beautiful mantel. I did the same for our mantel and our sons mantel. I posted ours here on LJ’s. Yours looks allot like the one I built for our son.
I bet your wife is thrilled to have this beautiful mantle.
Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 12-30-2013 03:10 PM

Nice work. I’ve built a couple mantels for the two houses I’ve owner and they are always a fun project.

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#3 posted 12-30-2013 03:15 PM

Great job

-- Remember, Jesus was a carpenter.

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#4 posted 12-30-2013 03:18 PM

the mantle looks great. Nice job and you scored some points with your wife.

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#5 posted 12-30-2013 03:23 PM

This is a beautiful mantel. You did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 12-30-2013 06:10 PM

Beautiful, great craftsmanship.

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#7 posted 12-30-2013 07:56 PM

Very nice looking mantel!

I’m thinking of doing something like this for my fireplace, but I don’t know what’s code for my area. I know that if the mantel is wood, it has to be set back a certain distance from the sides, and even more at the top. Then you must have it inspected, so lots of work!

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#8 posted 12-30-2013 09:44 PM

You nailed the miters – Well done!

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#9 posted 01-02-2014 05:56 PM

what a great mantel

I need to do a similar thing for my fireplace. any links or plans on ideas on how to do something like that

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#10 posted 01-02-2014 09:37 PM

@ tonywood,
vbquick1 did a super job on his mantel. I see you were asking a question about plans.

I did a google search for plans and found this many plans out there. Here is a link to one.

But you might have to adjust the plan you to fit your fireplace.
Hope that helps!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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