Building Fireplace Mantels: Distinctive Projects for Any by Mario Rodriguez

By Mario Rodriguez

The appealing and precise fire mantels in Building hearth Mantels will motivate householders to adopt essentially the most well known maintenance initiatives in the house. step by step directions, cutlists and ideal approach images and illustrations will make this publication entice woodworkers with various levels of expertise.

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2. Assemble the two sections to complete the pilasters. Don’t worry about getting a tight seam here, because it gets covered by the frieze molding. But do make sure the assembly is straight by holding a long straightedge against the face and side. The mitered cuts of the plinth blocks are glued and taped together. parts. (See p. ) 2. Rip the inside return pieces to 1 in. wide. 3. Assemble the upper pilasters. You could cut slots in the miters and use splines to align these miters, but because the pieces are short 40 GEORGIAN MANTEL Making the plinths The plinth blocks wrap around the pilasters.

Join the parts of the box together. Although it was a little more trouble than butt joints and screws, I used a rabbet-and-dado joint instead. 4. Add the spacer block that supports the large cove. 28 SIMPLE COLONIAL MANTEL Prime, fill, and sand the assembled shelf. When I’ve achieved a neat, clean job, I apply the finish coat of paint. Adding the mantel moldings The mantel is made up of four layers: the mantel shelf, a large cove, a 1⁄2-in. bead, and a 5 ⁄8-in. cove. When assembling mitered moldings, it’s a good idea to “walk” the molding around the project, starting on the left and working around to the right.

A pair of splines keeps the pieces from sliding around when clamping up. available profiles instead of choosing specialorder profiles, I could pick through the inventory and select the straightest and cleanest material. There were three distinct profiles I needed: a large and simple cove for the cornice molding, an ogee with fillet for the torus molding (at the base of the pilaster), and a large ogee with quirk (space or reveal) for the capital molding. These last two moldings are both sold typically as “base cap” profiles.

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