- 1 How do you make a wooden fireplace mantel?
- 2 What is the best wood to use for a fireplace mantel?
- 3 How do you attach a wood beam to a fireplace?
- 4 How do you build a fireplace mantel from scratch?
- 5 How do you build a floating mantel on a brick fireplace?
- 6 How high should a mantle be above a wood fireplace?
- 7 What is code for a fireplace mantel?
- 8 How far should a mantle stick out?
- 9 How do you install a floating mantel?
- 10 How wide should a fireplace mantel be?
- 11 Do you install mantel before or after stone?
How do you make a wooden fireplace mantel?
- Cut the 10″ boards to the appropriate length.
- Use wood glue and finishing nails to attach the two boards together.
- Cut this board to the length of your mantel.
- Attach with wood glue and finishing nails.
- Cut a board to size to fill the gap on the bottom of the mantel.
What is the best wood to use for a fireplace mantel?
Walnut is a popular choice for fireplace mantels. It is a harder and heavier type of wood than most and is extremely durable. The rich dark brown wood is an excellent for an impressive fireplace mantel. Hickory is also a great choice for a fireplace mantel if you are going for a unique look.
How do you attach a wood beam to a fireplace?
Slide Over Bolts Method
- Locate the studs behind the brick, stone, or faux veneer.
- Drive 1/2in lag screws through each of the studs.
- Have a helper support the mantel while you mark the location of the support rods on the back of the beam.
- Apply construction adhesive into the holes.
- Slide into place, admire, and enjoy!
How do you build a fireplace mantel from scratch?
Step by Step: Building Your Own Mantel from Scratch
- Step 1 – Sketching. Begin by sketching your design on a sheet paper.
- Step 2 – Legs.
- Step 3 – Breast Plate.
- Step 4 – Attach Molding.
- Step 5 – Install Mantel Shelf.
- Step 6 – Decorative Accents.
- Step 7 – Painting Your Mantel.
How do you build a floating mantel on a brick fireplace?
How to build a floating mantel (or shelf):
- Prep your surface. For me, that meant staining our fireplace white beforehand.
- Create mantel support.
- Create a hollow box for your mantel.
- Finish the mantel.
- Attach your shelf support onto the brick.
- Fit your mantel onto the mantel support.
- Style your finished mantel!
How high should a mantle be above a wood fireplace?
Mantel Height: We recommend installing the mantel 4.5′ from the floor. This allows room for stockings during the holidays. Most housing codes and the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) state that the bottom of the mantel must be at least 12” away from the top of the fireplace box.
What is code for a fireplace mantel?
The National Fire Code dictates that any combustible material (e.g., wood mantel or similar trim) must be at least six inches from the firebox opening. An additional inch of clearance is needed for every 1/8 inch the combustible material or trim protrudes.
How far should a mantle stick out?
The proportions of your mantel in relationship to your fireplace are important. Generally, your mantel should extend a minimum of three inches beyond the opening of your fireplace.
How do you install a floating mantel?
How to Install a Mantel
- Remove the old mantel.
- Add support by drilling holes for lag shields, then install lag bolts into the brick.
- Measure carefully and drill corresponding holes for the wood mantel.
- Push the wooden mantel carefully into place using wood glue for extra support.
How wide should a fireplace mantel be?
For a quick reference, a 36-inch fireplace will probably have a mantel width of 48 inches. A 42-inch fireplace will probably have a mantel width of 54 inches. The mantel should not be so wide that it reaches anything else, like a wall, window or door.
Do you install mantel before or after stone?
It’s best to build the mantel right into the stone, rather than refinishing the fireplace first.