Building Fireplace Mantels: Distinctive Projects for Any by Mario Rodriguez

By Mario Rodriguez

Step by step directions, cutlists and perfect approach images and illustrations will make this booklet entice woodworkers with various levels of workmanship. creation MANTEL-MAKING fundamentals easy COLONIAL MANTEL GEORGIAN MANTEL uncomplicated FEDERAL MANTEL ARTS AND CRATTS MANTEL THE waterproof coat MANTEL VICTORIAN MANTEL GREENE AND GREENE MANTEL artwork DECO MANTEL modern ARCHITECTURAL MANTEL

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4. Cut the foundation molding to fit around the foundation assembly, mitering the inside corners. 5. Cut biscuit slots in the miters to reinforce these joints, then glue and clamp the foundation molding to the foundation assembly. 38 GEORGIA N MA N TEL The pilasters are made in two parts. The upper pilaster section is made of 3A-in. birch plywood , mitered at the corners, while the lower section has a recessed center panel that receives a cast swag element. The sides, or returns, of the pilasters extend to the wall, perpendicular to the fireplace opening.

High wall, plan on five strips and mark out the wall accordingly. Place one strip 3 in. from the ceiling, another 3 in. from the floor, and one about every 2 ft. in between. 3. Attach the furring strips directly to the masonry wall with masonry screws. Hanging the paneling 1. Start with the second board in from the end- the end boards will get scribed to fit last. Use a level to mark a plumb line where the edge of this board will lie on the wall. This deta il shows the chair rail terminating neatly on the wall panel ing .

Bead-and-quirk on one edge Separate ~-~ spline .. '' mantel shelf Masonry wall •· . ,. ' .. . ' - %" x 3 " cove molding .. '' ' "' .. %" x 1Va " bead-and-quirk molding •' '-------- %" x %" cove mold ing Mantel shelf box Locator blocks Y,•" solid-wood edging S I MPLE COLON I AL MANTEL 23 Ripping the paneling to width Tip: If you choose to use solid wood and paint it, you'll want to prime and paint the boards before installation; otherwise you could end up with unpainted gaps visible when the boards shrink.

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