DIY Mantel

When we moved into our house last October, I knew I had to install a mantel on our fireplace in time to decorate it for the holidays.  I built a simple box mantel from wood boards and share how to build and install it below.  Unfortunately our chimney inspector informed us it was too close to the wood burning stove.  I kept it up for the holidays, but sadly removed last January.  I annoying reinstalled it above the vents a few weeks back.  Then I decked it out for the holidays!  

Keep reading to see how to install your own box mantel.  

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before mantel

My father-in-law, handyman mentor helped me out with the plans.

DIY Mantel Plan

Step 1: Cut the two 1"x6" and 1"x4" boards to desired length.  And cut two pieces of the 1"x6" board to close off the ends as pictured here. 

box mantel

Step 2: use the brad nailer and 2" nails to secure the box together.  Sand, pre-stain and stain. 

building a mantel

Step 3: Mark the placement of the dowel that will be fixed to the chimney, "cleat."  Use a level and chalk to mark in the mortar where the holes will be drilled.  With the placement of the stones I was able to make four holes. 

installing mantel

Step 4: drill into the marks.  Tip: tape the drill bit equal to the length of the lag shield, so you know when to stop drilling.   Insert lag shield into the holes.

installing DIY mantel

Step 5: mark the cleat where the holes are located. 

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Step 6: Drill holes into the wood where marked.  

installing DIY mantel

Step 7: insert the lag screws through hole in cleat and into lag shield and tighten.  

installing DIY mantel

Step 8: slide mantel box onto the cleat and use the brad nailer to secure.  

Installing DIY mantel

Now decorate! 

DIY Mantel

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