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Faux Fireplace

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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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.


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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.
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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.


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.
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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.


Building the Carcass


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


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.
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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.


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.
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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.


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.
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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.


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.
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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.


Crown Moulding

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


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.
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Hinges

Use hidden euro style hinges to attach doors to carcass.


Hinges

Use hidden euro style hinges to attach doors to carcass.
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Enjoy your new freestanding fireplace!

**Exclusive Feature**:
Click here to download Ana White's blueprints for this How-To!


Enjoy your new freestanding fireplace!

**Exclusive Feature**:
<a href="http://eff5c75290b0e498bfcc-cdb2fd2cc8e016557784fa363a2704b5.r93.cf1.rackcdn.com/pdf/Ana%20White%20Faux%20Firelplace%20Oct%20Plan%20Diagrams%20v1.pdf">Click here to download Ana White's blueprints for this How-To! </a>
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Hometowngirl
Hometowngirl

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

Ana White
Ana White

Thank you!!!

HelpAroundtheHouse
HelpAroundtheHouse

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.
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HelpAroundtheHouse
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 :)

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WoodTinker
WoodTinker

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

joescornhole_52170
joescornhole_52170

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

MARY
MARY

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.

Row House Reno
Row House Reno

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

Jig
Jig

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.

Jig
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.

Jig
Jig

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

RYOBIROCKS
RYOBIROCKS

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

grngrl
grngrl

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

bklyn4evr818
bklyn4evr818

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

bobrn39
bobrn39

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

ChrisT13
ChrisT13

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

Debbieshopper38
Debbieshopper38

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 !!!

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Difficulty: Intermediate
Categories: Crafts & Decor, Furniture

Materials Used:

  • Measuring Tape

  • 12" Carpenter's Square


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