Step 2: Assemble the Mantel

diagram showing assembly of the mantel to build a wood surround fireplace shelf mantel
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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Attach the legs to the breast by screwing plywood cleats across their back seams. Screw nailing strips to the back of the assembly, ¾ inch from each outer edge. Set returns against the strips, flush with the outer edges. Secure them with screws.
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    Tools List

    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • brad nailer
      Brad nailer

    Shopping List

    1. 1x1

    2. ¾-inch veneer plywood

    3. 1x5

    4. ½x¾-inch shoe molding

    5. Crown molding

    6. Astragal molding7. Doorstop molding

    8. Integrated baseboard

    9. Wood glue

    10. 1 -inch trim-head screws

    11. 1 ½-inch finishing nails