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Forum topic by f15nate posted 11-20-2009 09:33 PM 1268 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-20-2009 09:33 PM

I am trying to figure out how to make a fireplace mantle on a wall. I don’t have a fireplace but the area where the fireplace would be is going to be a stero stero area to house my stero equipment.

The block of wood I have for the mantle is (I think it is brown cedar) 12” x 72” x 3 1/2” thick.

Any suggetions since the stero part will be deeper than the mantle is. Also what is the dimensions for an old school fireplace.

Any help will be great

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#1 posted 11-20-2009 10:43 PM

First, I would decide what style of fireplace I’d like (i.e. Federal, Rustic, Arts & Crafts, etc.). Then try to incorporate the lumber you’ve got into the design. That sounds like a nice piece of wood, so I’d try to maximize it in the design. Do you want just a floating mantle, or are you going to want verticals to support it? I think fireplace mantles are one of the coolest projects you can build. They pay tribute to the fact that the hearth was the focal point of the home. Good luck and keep us posted.

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#2 posted 11-21-2009 02:35 AM

Well, sounds like you’re wanting to just mount the cedar beam to the wall as your mantle. Assuming this is the idea, you really don’t want to go much shallower than the 12” you already have. 10” would be my absolute minimum.

Hope this helps. Let me know if there is anything else I can do.

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#3 posted 11-21-2009 04:25 AM

A floating mantel would look great. They are preaty simple to mount, I use steel rods drilled into studs or header.


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#4 posted 11-21-2009 07:49 AM

I am not a fan of ‘floating’ anything, regardless of the neat hardware that lets you do it. I would suggest incorporating some sort of corbels that (at least) visually supports the mantel, if the plan is to only have a mantel. Also, I have seen many well proportioned mantles that are less than 12” in depth. A 3 1/2×12 section attached to a wall could actually be visually odd, almost a 1:4 ratio is too big if you ask me. I would at least consider chamfer the edge to reduce its mass at the edge and provide a little visual interest.

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