Building Fireplace Mantels: Distinctive Projects for Any by Mario Rodriguez

By Mario Rodriguez

Step by step directions, cutlists and perfect method images and illustrations will make this publication entice woodworkers with various levels of craftsmanship. advent MANTEL-MAKING fundamentals uncomplicated COLONIAL MANTEL GEORGIAN MANTEL easy FEDERAL MANTEL ARTS AND CRATTS MANTEL THE waterproof coat MANTEL VICTORIAN MANTEL GREENE AND GREENE MANTEL artwork DECO MANTEL modern ARCHITECTURAL MANTEL

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The outline of the profile is then coped with a jeweler's saw. SIMPL E COL ON I A L MA N TEL 31 GEORGIAN MANTEL D uring the late 1700s Samuel superb mantel in the more refined Macintyre was a master carver Adams style for the drawing room, and furniture maker whose work which was being prepared especially for adorned the most beautiful homes in the wedding of Sally Pierce, the daugh- the Boston area. His carving was char- ter of a wealthy shipper, to George acterized by luxuriant flowers and vines Nichols.

To cut the cove molding, I held it steady with the help of a miter jig. 5. After all the moldings are nailed to the mantel box, fill any gaps, dings, and nail holes with a water-based filler, sand everything smooth with 180-grit sandpaper, and then prime and paint the shelf. The installation of locator blocks simplifies hanging the finished shelf onto the paneled wall. Installing the mantel shelf 1. Decide on the proper height for the mantel shelf and mark a line on the wall. 2. Screw mounting blocks to the paneling to support the mantel shelf.

From the floor, and one about every 2 ft. in between. 3. Attach the furring strips directly to the masonry wall with masonry screws. Hanging the paneling 1. Start with the second board in from the end- the end boards will get scribed to fit last. Use a level to mark a plumb line where the edge of this board will lie on the wall. This deta il shows the chair rail terminating neatly on the wall panel ing . SIMPL E COLO N IAL MA N TEL 25 DESIGNING VERTICAL PANELS Colonial house carpenters employed a variety of joints and edge treatments for vertical paneling .

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