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I would like to know how to build a wood casing around a brick fireplace. I can not find any information anywhere. What tools and wood would I need to complete this job. Please help.

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Posted 2011-02-27T11:34:26+0000  by mskeysha mskeysha

Welcome to the community.


The sky’s the limit on how you want the fireplace to be presented. I would recommend that the first step should be design. Start by searching for “Fireplace Mantels” on your favorite search engines image section.


 Here are some basic designs I found:


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The Mantel (or casing) can be built separately from the fireplace and installed later.


There are a few things to consider before starting the project:

  • Do you want the final appearance to be stained or painted (I recommend paint)?
  • Is it strictly ornamental or will it be holding heavy objects - much like a shelf would?
  • How tall and wide do you want it to be?
  • How deep do want it (or how much do you want it to stick out)?

You will need basic tools such as:

  • Miter or trim saw.
  • Hammer.
  • Nails, wood screws, and anchor fasteners for the brick.
  • Screw gun.

 Simply build a face out of 1x6 or 8 boards (two sides and a top). Attach the trim you like to the frame. Add a top shelf with possible crown molding beneath it.  Attach the finished piece to the 2x2 board that is mounted to the brick.

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Of course, there are so many variations to this method – I recommend checking out the Home Depot site. There are several pre-built mantels that only need installation. 



Posted 2011-02-27T18:50:53+0000  by Kevin_HD_ATL
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