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Make a Mantel from Molding Profiles

This mantel is actually made up of numerous molding profiles applied one on top of the other to create depth, shadow lines, and architectural interest. Here's a look at how the various pieces come together

Illustration by Joe McKendry
Photo by Wendell T. Webber

It may look like a single work of art, but, like a lot of elaborate trimwork, the mantel that surrounds this living room fireplace is actually made up of numerous molding profiles applied one on top of the other to create depth, shadow lines, and architectural interest. Here's a look at how the various pieces come together.