Step 7: Fit wood mantel

• Set mantel on hearth, tight against new surround. Align with outline on wall.
• Measure from back of mantel to wall. Cut wood filler strips to that thickness.
• Glue and nail the filler strips to back of mantel, flush with its edges. Glue and nail molding extensions to strips.
• Using a compass, scribe the strips where they touch the wall (as shown). Cut along scribe lines with a jigsaw.
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    Tools List

    • Demolition hammer
      Demolition hammer
    • suction cups
      Suction cups
      for moving heavy slabs of stone
    • notched trowel
      1/2-inch notched trowel
    • brick trowel
      Brick trowel
      for smoothing topping mix in corners of hearth base
    • flat finishing trowel
      Flat finishing trowel
      for smoothing topping mix on hearth base
    • brick hammer
      Brick hammer
    • mallet
    • mason's brush
      Mason's brush
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • jigsaw

    Shopping List

    Make cardboard templates of the pieces you'll need and take them to a fabricator that specializes in stone countertops.

    2. TILE
    Make cardboard templates as you would with stone, and then plot the layout of the tiles on these. This will give you an exact count, but order extra.