any idea how I can secure the legs

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03-24-2013 08:28 PM

I’m making a mantle with a large top and 2 legs connected to a body. The top will be bolted from the under side through 2 bricks set at right angles to the brick facing (hope that makes sense). That’s the hatched pieces on the drawing. The question is how do I secure the legs and body to the fire place? I plan to have a recess in the top of the body that will slip up and in a piece on the top, it will fit but not be very secure. Thank you for any input.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 03-24-2013 08:36 PM

I would attach a piece (either 2×4 or a built up lamination of plywood) to the fireplace with construction adhesive and tapcons to the facebrick. Then your legs of the mantle leave a recess in the back so the leg will slide over the 2×4/plywood lamination. either use trim screws through the side of the legs into the blocking or trim nails.

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#2 posted 03-24-2013 11:39 PM

Drill the brick behind the legs and body and glue in dowel rods, then screw the legs into dowels.

-- missouri, dave

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