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.
My father-in-law, handyman mentor helped me out with the plans.
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.
Step 2: use the brad nailer and 2" nails to secure the box together. Sand, pre-stain and stain.
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.
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.
Step 5: mark the cleat where the holes are located.
Step 6: Drill holes into the wood where marked.
Step 7: insert the lag screws through hole in cleat and into lag shield and tighten.
Step 8: slide mantel box onto the cleat and use the brad nailer to secure.