Build your own faux mantle with free DIY plans from Ana-White.com!
Good luck building! I hope if you build this mantle, you'll take a second to come back and share the photos with us!
1 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x10 @ 6 feet long
1 - 1x8 @ 6 feet long
1 - 1x6 @ 10 feet long
1 - 1x4 @ 4 feet long
3 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
1 - 6' long stick small crown moulding
1 - 8' long stick edge moulding (for inset square - see last step)
Optional 1 1/4" pocket hole screws
1 - 1x12 @ 48"
2 - 1x10 @ 32 3/4"
2 - 1x6 @ 44"
4 - 1x3 @ 44"
1 - 1x4 @ 33 1/4"
1 - 1x3 @ 33 1/4"
1 - 1x8 @ 51"
4 - 1x6 @ 3/4"
2 - 1x6 @ 7"
This plan assumes the following
1x12 is 11 1/4" wide
1x10 is 9 1/4" wide
1x8 is 7 1/4" wide
1x6 is 5 1/2" wide
1x4 is 3 1/2" wide
1x3 is 2 1/2" wide
All are assumed 3/4" thick.
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Lay out the top board and legs. If you have a pocket hole jig, you can attach together on the back side as well.
Then add the front decorative pieces. NOTE: If you have a PH jig, see step 4 first.
Then to give the mantle depth, add the 1x3s to the back. You can also block between the 1x3s with 1x3s @ 7 3/4" long.
Now we'll add the front decorative pieces. You will want to lay your crown moulding on to adjust where the 1x4 is attached so 2 1/2" to match the 1x3 is revealed on the front.
I recommend just gluing these guys on. Nails will split out.
But you can nail these on.
Cut moulding to fit, mitering around the outside corners.
And then if you desire, cut moulding to fit inset and glue in place.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.