Building Wood Fireplace Mantels
Wood fireplace mantels provide warmth, style and value to your home and your fireplace. It gives a flat surface to decorate with collectibles, holiday objects or portraits and pictures. Imagine the fireplace mantel decorated for holidays, with socks, candles or other items that will suit your home ornate style and your family’s beliefs and traditions.
Measure your fireplace to see the dimensions of this project will fit. Has the cloak 1 foot above the wood fireplace mantels and 6 inches away from the sides. Adjust the mat to suit your particular situation, and have your local building delivery shop cut all your wooden pieces according to your specifications. Use hand slip to sand all pieces. Sand the edges of the wood first and then sand the flat surfaces. Use teddy beams and clamps to attach the inner horizontal top board to the inner vertical boards. Allow the glue to dry for 24 to 48 hours.
Use teddy beams and clamps to attach the outer horizontal top board to the outer vertical boards. Allow the glue to dry for 24 to 48 hours. Flush the inner and outer wood fireplace mantels. Glue and squeeze in place. Nail together with finishing nails. Glue and nail the list to the outer boards. Set nails; fill the holes with wood filler, and sand smooth. Use a sponge brush and apply a small amount of stain after the wood’s vein. Allow the stain to dry overnight, and repeat the process.