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Faux Fireplace

Ana White
Ana White
Ana White
Ana White

Where to hang stockings without a mantel? This freestanding faux fireplace with mantel is the perfect solution! Not only is it stylish and substantial, the front panels hinge open to hide everything from DVD players to TV controller boxes to hundreds of DVDs! Although it’s freestanding and easy to remove and store when the Holidays are over, you may wish to use it as an entertainment console year round!

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      Cut Boards Cut boards according to the cut list using your compound miter saw. Do not cut crown moulding or base moulding yet – that should be cut to fit.

    2. Step: 2

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      Drill Pocket Holes Drill ¾” pocket holes at all joints on 1x12 boards. TIP: Also drill ¾” pocket holes facing forward for attaching header board in Step 5 and 6.

    3. Step: 3

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      Building the Carcass Assemble the carcass by attaching through predrilled pocket holes with 1-1/4” pocket hole screws and glue.

    4. Step: 4

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      Adjust for square When your carcass is complete, take a second to measure diagonally from outside corner to opposite outside corner (at a diagonal). Do this on both sides and adjust carcass until diagonals match.

    5. Step: 5

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      Header and Footer Boards Cut the header and trim boards according to cut list. Attach the two header boards together using ¾” pocket holes and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws on back side.

    6. Step: 6

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      Attach Header and Footer Boards Use glue and 1-1/4” brad nails to attach header and footer boards to front of carcass. Also attach through predrilled pocket holes from Step 2 with 1-1/4” pocket hole screws and glue.

    7. Step: 7

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      Base Moulding Measure and cut base moulding to fit the bottom of the cabinet. Miter corners at 45 degrees. Apply glue and attach with 1” finish nails.

    8. Step: 8

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      Crown Moulding Measure and cut crown moulding to fit the top of the cabinet. Miter corners. Apply glue and attach with 1” finish nails.

    9. Step: 9

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      Doors The doors are just 1x12 boards. You can add panel moulding (cut with the mitersaw and attached with the brad nailer), and also a 1x2 that serves as a handle. The 1x2 will also help prevent the door from cupping. Attach 1x2 from back side with 2” wood screws and glue.

    10. Step: 10

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      Hinges Use hidden euro style hinges to attach doors to carcass.

    11. Step: 11

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      Enjoy your new freestanding fireplace!

Comments (20)

  • This is fantastic. I've always wanted a faux fireplace. And the storage is ingenious'.'.'.'.'.

    By Hometowngirl

  • Note to readers: When I checked Ana's site I saw that the photograph of the finished project has a crown molding but the sketches do not (or at least, not as far as I could see). It would not be hard to figure out what to do but once I registered on Ryobi I was able to see exactly what she did and got the plans for the build as well. Looks good and I look forward to building a couple of them. B

    By HelpAroundtheHouse

  • Forgot to mention: If you build this project with plywood, I would suggest using either edge-banding or 1/4"x3/4" edging strips (is that the right name for them???) made of hardwood. Of course, if you do the latter, make sure to shorten the plywood by that 1/4". By doing this, it is more work, but the plywood edges do not show (they can be unattractive) plus the plywood will be less susceptible to warping than solid wood. I am no professional woodworker - only a hobbyist - so feel free to disagree :) B

    By HelpAroundtheHouse

  • How could I make this safe to burn candles in? Or not a good idea at all?

    By WoodTinker

  • Thanks for the blueprints. I just finished building one today. Only one nitpick. On the cut list you list the center divider as 1x12 @ 32-1/2" but in the diagram it is 31-1/2". If someone doesn't look at the diagram before they do all their cuts, they are going to have an extra inch. lol

    By joescornhole_52170

  • Hi Ana, great idea. I have been looking for a plan like this but with an electric fireplace in it. Do you think it could be possible to insert one in?? And would you have to add extra supports, to compensate for weight of electric fireplace. I would really like to make this it will be great in my living room. Keep up with the great ideas.

    By MARY

  • This looks great! Do you think any adjustments would be needed if you wanted a stone top for the mantel?

    By Row House Reno

  • It also doesn't look like you mentioned that the middle door needs a piece of wood attached to the main structure to stop it from closing into its own opening. The video shows that you added this piece of wood, but the plans don't include it.

    By Jig

  • .. also, the back paneling measurements in the cut list don't match the diagram. Basically if someone followed the cut list and the diagram, they would have a hard time building this, because there are alot of incinsistencies. It should really be updated if it's expected that a novice could use this.

    By Jig

  • I meant *inconsistencies (Ryobi's awesome forum system doesn't allow post management -_- )

    By Jig

  • Thanks, joescornhole_52170, for the heads up on the measurement discrepancy. The cut list will be updated.


  • I would also wanted to build this and have an electric fireplace insert during winter and take out during the warmer seasons.

    By grngrl

  • I LOVE this! I wish someone close by could build this for me!! Any takers in Los Angeles county?? :)

    By bklyn4evr818

  • This is a great idea. I might make me one of these

    By bobrn39

  • Love this. How do I attach it to my wall as I intend to put my TV on top of it.

    By ChrisT13

  • I love this and want one sooooooo bad. Is there anyone who lives near Florence,ky that would know what their doing that can team up and help me do this !!!

    By Debbieshopper38

  • What would I need to do, if anything, so I could add an electric fireplace insert? I love this.

    By Char1960

  • How do you download the blueprints it will not let me click on the link

    By RayeRaye27
    • The blueprints should be working now, @RayeRaye27. Thank you for notifying us!


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