Our first step is to create the hearth.. I decided to do a raised one.
|Using 2x2 build your box.|
Add a facing to the box.
|We will probably be using mdf or a plywood. This part we will be painting white.|
|again with mdf or plywood|
Add stained wood top.
|we will probably plank together some boards for this part.|
|use a kreg jig to assemble.. you will build a smaller one of like this also see next picture for dimensions.|
Build your second support and secure to the wall.
|I planned to use 1x3s|
|1x3s for supports|
add sides of legs and header
Add the face of the legs and header
Trim out the front of the legs and header.
|the legs are trimmed with 1x3s on the front sides first then the base molding applied ontop of that. then the horizontal 1x3s.|
the Header ( the part above the legs) is trimmed with horizontal 1x4 and vertical 1x3s.
Build the mantel.
|we will use 1x6 for the front and sides and 2x2s for the supports...|
The top will be a 1x10 ripped to 8 3/4... this will be stained the same as the top of the hearth. Leave your top off to make it easier to secure to top of fireplace...
|all done. We may also add a little trim piece above the 1x4 on the header. I just haven't picked on I believe the space is 1/4 there.. if you dont want to do that you can just move your 1x4 up flush with the mantel and cut you vertical 1x3s longer..|
I plan to cover the "firebox" area in bead board that is cut at 45 degree angles to make it look like a herringbone pattern.. or at least that's the plan. we will see what happens. :) Hoping to start soon.
What do you think about faux fireplaces?