Step 4: Attach the Shelf

attaching the shelf to build a wood surround fireplace shelf mantel
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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Trim the shelf by mitering and nailing shoe molding to its edges. Nail through the top of the shelf into the mantel. Fill all fastener holes before sanding and finishing the entire piece.
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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