|Forum topic by johnnywyoming||posted 02-02-2016 08:35 PM||457 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
02-02-2016 08:35 PM
Thinking about a design for my fireplace mantel shelf, (6×6). The mantel will continue around the sides of the chimney chase to the wall on each side. I expect to use dimensional oak to fill in between the back edge of the mantel and the chase (all three sides). Sides between edge of mantel and chase will be about foot and a half wide while in front of the chase is about 5”. I plan to stain it to match the trim on the couch that you can see the end of in the photo.
The drawing shows the end profile of a 6×6 piece of oak. My plan is to cut out a 4 ½ by 2 ½ section which will then allow the piece to mount up against the top edge of the brick. There is osb on the top. I realize that I will need to shim (?) the mantel in spots where it rests against the stone as the stone is designed to be uneven. Also, will have to shim along the top to make sure its level. Undecided about how to secure it but I would think countersinking screws through the top would be sufficient.
Additionally I may want to slightly “round off” …so as to not hit my head…the usually pointed 90 degree corners of the mantel but have no idea of how to accomplish that. Or, perhaps butt joints would be better and look as nice? So, what do you think… is my design, thinking, off base? Is oak the best choice? How do I round off the corners? Any input will be great! Hope I’m making sense!!!
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