How to make a wood mantel shelf for a stone fireplace

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How to make a wood mantel shelf for a stone fireplace
A simple fireplace mantel. (morguefile)

Wooden mantels over fireplaces create a cosy atmosphere. Wood mantels give rooms a rustic look and provide space to display pictures, artwork and Christmas stockings. Save money by attaching a wooden mantel to a stone or brick fireplace yourself.

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Things you need

  • Drill
  • 1.8 cm (3/4 inch) masonry bit
  • 1.8 cm (3/4 inch) wood bit
  • High-temperature silicone
  • 2 hanger bolts -- 1.8 cm by 10 cm (3/4 by 4 inch)
  • Tape measure
  • 5 by 10 cm (2 by 4 inch) board

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure the mantel. Mark the location of the fireplace's flue. You will need to drill and bolt the anchor holes at least 50 cm (20 inches) from the flue on either side. Keep this in mind when determining the length of the mantel. Buy a 7.5 cm (3 inch) thick board the desired length of your mantel. Select pecan, mesquite or oak wood.

    How to make a wood mantel shelf for a stone fireplace
    Mantle Board
  2. 2

    Measure 50 cm (20 inches) from the top of the fireplace opening. This will be the height of your mantel. Mark two holes on each side of the fireplace for the anchor bolts. Mark the corresponding holes on the wood's 7.5 cm (3 inch) side.

  3. 3

    Drill 5 cm (2 inch) deep holes for the anchor bolts with a masonry bit. Drill slowly and brush off any loose debris.

  4. 4

    Fill the drilled holes with the silicone glue. Insert the large threaded end of the hanger bolts into the holes. They should fit very snugly. Allow the glue to dry for several hours.

    How to make a wood mantel shelf for a stone fireplace
    A hanger bolt.
  5. 5

    Drill 5 cm (2 inch) deep holes in the marked spots on your wood. Fill the holes with silicone and slide the wood onto the hanger bolts in the fireplace. Make sure the mantel is flush against the fireplace wall. Allow it to dry for several hours. Support the mantel while it dries with two 5 cm by 10 cm (2 by 4 inch) boards wedged against the floor.

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