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Forum topic by Brino posted 05-11-2011 05:54 AM 1670 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-11-2011 05:54 AM

I’m building a fireplace mantel out of MDF and crown molding and looking for advice on how to add dimension to the legs. I feel like 8 inches of MDF is too plain. At first I thought about trying to flute it, but I think that would look tacky now that i have started. I am an amateur and would appreciate any ideas. Thanks.

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#1 posted 05-11-2011 06:07 AM

Use some small molding, just a simple rectangle say 1 1/4” from the edge of the 8” leg.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#2 posted 05-11-2011 01:19 PM

Hey check out this site- for ideas. ( hope its ok that that i posted the link). Thats where i “borrowed ” the idea for my door entryway.

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#3 posted 05-11-2011 04:13 PM

Couldn’t get your link to work.

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#4 posted 05-11-2011 08:51 PM

How about this one? Just click “photos” on the left hand side and go to fireplace mantels

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#5 posted 05-12-2011 07:51 AM

yes, some of those appear to be small trim. In the others, did they build a frame around another piece of material? The mantels are beautiful, but I have no idea how to achieve the appearance some of them have

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#6 posted 05-13-2011 05:36 PM

A lot of mantels are built with a relatively crude frame, giving it the rough shape and dimension, and then overlaid with “pretty” wood and various buildups of trim profiles.


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