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The appealing and exact hearth 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 perfect approach images and illustrations will make this e-book entice woodworkers with various levels of expertise.

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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. 1. Cut and fit the bead molding against the bottom of the spacer block.

42 for instructions on working with composite moldings). the shoulder cut. Then raise the blade and make a second pass to complete the cut. 4. Cut the foundation molding to fit around the foundation assembly, mitering the inside corners. 5. Cut biscuit slots in the miters to reinforce these joints, then glue and clamp the foundation molding to the foundation assembly. 38 GEORGIAN MANTEL The pilasters are made in two parts. The upper pilaster section is made of 3⁄4-in. birch plywood, mitered at the corners, while the lower section has a recessed center panel that receives a cast swag element.

Stop the base molding about 4 in. from the edge of the firebox opening. 2. Cut the base cap molding and nail it in place. 3. Inside miters are susceptable to opening up over time, so I use a coped joint here, even on a 135-degree angled wall like this. To cut a coped joint, let the first piece (either side) butt into the corner. Cut the second piece at a 45-degree angle. Then cut along the exposed edge of the miter with a coping saw or jeweler’s saw so this piece overlaps the first piece. 4. End the base cap with return pieces.

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