|Forum topic by ADHDan||posted 125 days ago||443 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
125 days ago
I’m about to start building built-ins around my brick fireplace, with brick chimney. I’m kind of modeling them off this image:
I’m building them out of solid maple and maple plywood, so I’m probably not going to paint them. I’m also using a solid maple beam for the mantle (roughly 4”x6”x6’), and I’m leaving the chimney brick going all the way up the center exposed. Here are my questions:
(1) Eventually we’ll probably mount a TV over the fireplace, in which case we’d put video components into the bookshelves or base cabinets. I’d like to leave myself some way to hide cords as much as possible when we do this. What would be the best/easiest way to leave myself access to a small amount of hidden space behind the cabinetry, so I could snake cords out to the mantle?
(2) If I wanted to mount the mantle without brackets, what would be the best/easiest way to do it? Is a French cleat anchored into brick strong enough to hold a piece of maple that big? Do I need to nestle it into the upper bookshelves on either side of the fireplace?
(3) Is there anything non-obvious that I really need to know before getting myself into this? I have built some very large cabinetry before (I made a 10’ long dining room sideboard with upper stemware cabinets), but this is my first time constructing a built in piece.
-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.