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Wall shelf (39"x7") is supported by crown molding and large wooden brackets to give the appearance of an old-fashioned fireplace mantel.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER Jul-Aug 1988 (v.4#3) pg. 29

Craftsman-style built-in bookcases and matching mantel for a fireplace.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #88 Aug 2001 pg. 76

Photo shows how an H-shaped mantel of 2x10s and rough-sawn plywood panels add visual impact to a fireplace.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS May 1971 (v.49#5) pg. 50

How to build an attractive mantel for an existing brick fireplace.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS May 1972 (v.50#5) pg. 79

Photo shows how a fireplace can be given a facelift by building a mantle and floor-to-ceiling framework from rough sawn cedar. Area between the mantle and ceiling is filled in with cedar shingles.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jan 1975 (v.53#1) pg. 35

Shelving ideas that also add architectural interest. (1) Shaker-style peg shelving is used both as a rail for displaying pictures and a rod for hanging curtains. (2) Simple 6" wide shelf has racks for hanging stemware on the underside. (3) Fake fireplace and mantel. (4) Shelf, supported by corbels, serves as a space-saving entry table.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jun 1996 (v.74#6) pg. 21

Hearth at home. Combine the convenience of a zero-clearance gas fireplace with this custom-built surround. The surround features a keystone of the Greek wind god Aeolus, multi-color tiles, and decorative wood moldings and trim which you fabricate yourself.
CANADIAN HOME WORKSHOP Oct 1999 (v.23#1) pg. 34

Accenting your fireplace. (1) Barnboard mantel looks like a solid timber but presents none of the headaches of excessive mass. (2) Molded mantel assembly.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Dec 1985 (v.9#3) pg. 48

A facade with finesse. Remodel your existing masonry fireplace to add a new look with traditional elegance. How to remove and cover exposed brickwork, install a new fire chamber, and install an elegant wooden mantle.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Nov 1987 (v.11#2) pg. 52

Custom-made fireplace surround is made from oak-veneered particleboard, oak boards, and oak molding. Includes two matching columns, a panel connecting the tops of the columns, and a mantel.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Nov 1994 (v.18#2) pg. 18

Reproduction of a turn-of-the-century fireplace mantel includes layered crown molding, simulated vertical panels, pressed applique which simulates a relief carving, etc.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Dec 1996 (v.20#3) pg. 25

Build a mantel for use with (or without) a fireplace. Est. cost: $25.
DECORATING & CRAFT IDEAS Nov 1981 (v.12#9) pg. 72

Profiles of two colonial fireplace surround moldings. (1) Bolection. (2) Astragal plus crown molding.
EARLY AMERICAN LIFE Feb 1994 (v.25#1) pg. 44
Added Info EARLY AMERICAN LIFE Jun 1994 (v.25#3) pg. 4

Turn a wood fireplace mantle into rich "marble" by applying several coats of quick-drying latex paint.
FAMILY CIRCLE Feb 23 1982 (v.95#3) pg. 76, 139

How to build a traditional fireplace mantelpiece from wood and wood molding.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #145 Jun 1973 (v.23#5) pg. 56

How to build a wooden mantle and fireplace surround with new marble facing over the brick front and hearth.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #335 Feb 1993 (v.43#2) pg. 42

Craftsman style built-in bookcases and fireplace mantel.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #373 Nov 1996 (v.46#10) pg. 34

Gas fireplace and stone surround. Part 2. How to apply cast stone to a fireplace surround. Techniques are applicable to covering other surfaces.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #381 Sep 1997 (v.47#8) pg. 36

Tip on attaching a hollow wood shelf mantel to a brick fireplace.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #389 Jun 1998 (v.48#6) pg. 11

Building a Federal-style mantel. Neoclassical detailing in poplar and ceramic tile. Reproduction of an 18th-century mantel includes vertical flutes, hand-carved "sunburst" ovals, and Delft tiles.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #54 Jun-Jul 1989 pg. 54

Baronial inglenook. Elegant laminated mahogany arches and antique English details featured in this large fireplace surround.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #69 Aug-Sep 1991 pg. 82

Building a fireplace mantel. Fluted pilasters and decorative trim make for a mantel that appears complicated but really isn't.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #93 Feb-Mar 1995 pg. 66

Building a mantel. A frame-and-panel base topped with a broad shelf dresses up a plain fireplace.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #126 Oct-Nov 1999 pg. 108

Building fireplace mantels. Antebellum designs provide inspiration.
FINE WOODWORKING #70 May-Jun 1988 pg. 42

Use a bed rail fastener to hang a heavy wooden mantel from a masonry fireplace.
FINE WOODWORKING #80 Jan-Feb 1990 pg. 10

Technique for mounting fireplace mantels to brick walls using hidden screws and plaster of paris.
FINE WOODWORKING #104 Jan-Feb 1994 pg. 32

Mantel makes the room. Sophisticated and complex-looking, mantels are actually simple to build.
FINE WOODWORKING #110 Jan-Feb 1995 pg. 44
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #112 May-Jun 1995 pg. 8

Arts-and-Crafts style oak mantel features frame-and-panel background and a thick mantel shelf consisting of oak over plywood.
FINE WOODWORKING #131 Jul-Aug 1998 pg. 70

Two simple fireplace surrounds that are made from pine and decorated with moldings and purchased carvings.
FURNITURE #2 1993 pg. 62

Fireplace facelift. Larger, more decorative mantel is made by fitting a pine box over an existing brick shelf.
HOME MECHANIX #716 Dec 1987 (v.83) pg. 48

Mantel masterpiece. Create a striking fireplace mantel using stock lumber and standard moldings. Four different styles are illustrated.
HOME MECHANIX #739 Nov 1989 (v.85) pg. 109

A slate-tile hearth and cherry hardwood mantel you can build from scratch. Also views ready-to-install mantel kits for easy elegance.
HOME MECHANIX #750 Nov 1990 (v.86) pg. 36

Spreading on the charm. How to construct a wooden fireplace surround and finish it with a coating of stucco-like material. Ideal for a Southwestern or contemporary fireplace setting.
HOME MECHANIX #760 Nov 1991 (v.87) pg. 56

Fireplace facelift. How to convert an existing fireplace into a super-efficient and stylish heater. Update it with a new mantle, marble hearth, and woodstove insert.
HOME MECHANIX #768 Sep 1992 (v.88) pg. 48

Fireplace mantels you can install. Includes tips on building a mantel from a kit and installing wooden mantels.
HOMEOWNER Oct 1984 (v.9#8) pg. 34

Fireplace finery. Freshen up your fireplace with a new hearth or mantel. Options for fireplace redesign are viewed.
HOMEOWNER Oct 1988 (v.13#8) pg. 40

How to get a better looking fireplace. Ideas for the mantel, mantel shelf, surround, and hearth.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Jan-Feb 1983 (v.8#1) pg. 67

New face for an old fireplace. How to install a new mantle and decorative molding around a built-in brick fireplace.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #629 Oct 1980 (v.76) pg. 66

Repairing and restoring marble mantels. Step-by-step procedures for disassembling a marble mantle, how to repair damaged marble, and how to install a mantle.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jun 1974 (v.2#6) pg. 5
Added Info OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan 1979 (v.7#1) pg. 10
Added Info OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Apr 1979 (v.7#4) pg. 47

Tip: How to clean old white marble mantles.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan 1979 (v.7#1) pg. 10
Added Info OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Apr 1979 (v.7#4) pg. 47

Renewing a marbleized mantle. How to remove the grime that obscured the mantle of a coal burning fireplace.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jun 1982 (v.10#6) pg. 126

A pictoral guide to fireplace mantels, 1700-1940, and sources for buying reproductions.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1989 (v.17#2) pg. 38

Maintaining mantels and their associated parts.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1992 (v.20#6) pg. 34

Slate pretenders. A look at manufactured modular slate mantels of the late 19th century. Tips on tackling common restoration problems.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1998 (v.26#6) pg. 58

How to build a fireplace mantle from stock moldings.
POPULAR MECHANICS Feb 1989 (v.166#2) pg. 75

Tips on extra support needed when replacing a wood mantel with a stone one.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Dec 1989-Jan 1990 (v.4#9) pg. 11

Magnificent mantels. How to give a fireplace an updated look. (1) Using stock molding. (2) Installing a ceramic-tile face. (3) Painting. (4) Installing surrounding cabinets.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #820 Nov 1997 (v.93) pg. 35

Window valance and fireplace mantel are made from 6" mantel molding and pine.
WOMAN'S DAY Sep 1 1983 (v.46#14) pg. 81, 129

Fabulous fireplace surround in two versions (cherry in a natural finish and medium density fiberboard painted. Both versions feature fluting on the pilaster fronts, molding trim accents and deep cove molding under the mantel.
WOOD MAGAZINE #101 Dec 1997 (v.14#8) pg. 60

Basic construction principles for building a fireplace surround.
WOODWORKER Apr 1987 (v.91#4) pg. 304

Straight to the hearth. Complete details for building an imposing decorative surround for a fireplace.
WOODWORKER Feb 1988 (v.92#2) pg. 162

Oak fireplace surround. Decorative details include dentil molding, flutes, and egg and dart hand-carved molding.
WOODWORKER May 1993 (v.97#5) pg. 44

Maple fireplace mantel featuring dentil molding is supported by a square pilaster (half-depth column) at each end.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL May-Jun 1998 (v.22#3) pg. 46

Formal colonial-style fireplace mantle is built up from stock lumber and moldings.
WORKBENCH Jan-Feb 1982 (v.38#1) pg. 76

Wood surrounds. Build fireplace mantels from scratch or from a kit. Instructions included for building a mahogany mantel, fabricating custom moldings, etc.
WORKBENCH Jan-Feb 1990 (v.46#1) pg. 22

How to build a fireplace mantel.
WORKBENCH Dec 1992-Jan 1993 (v.48#6) pg. 28

Faux stone fireplace. How to install a fireplace surround and hearth using manufactured stone. Step-by-step photos show the gluing and grouting procedures required.
WORKBENCH Jan-Feb 1998 (v.54#1) pg. 18

Traditional style oak mantle features frame-and-panel fronts on the pilasters and bridge. Optional designs include elimination of the pilasters and adding a large mirror and frame over the fireplace.
WORKBENCH Jan-Feb 1998 (v.54#1) pg. 28