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Fireplace Mantle and Entertainment Center



We wanted a fireplace in our living room to help keep the house warm when entertaining family and friends during the holidays. I found an electric fireplace insert, so I decided I could build a fireplace mantle and entertainment center around the insert. It needed to be custom built in order to fit where we wanted it in our living room. One challenge I faced was cutting the crown molding to go around the top and getting it to fit together properly. I really enjoyed adding my own personal characteristics and making it custom to fit my TV, Cable box, sound bar and Blu-Ray player. So far everybody has loved the fireplace mantle and I have even had some of my friends ask if I could build one for them. One friend even said "I wish I would not have paid $2000 extra on my mortgage to have a fireplace and mantle built and just let you custom build one for me." I thing I learned is that I tried cutting the crown molding using all hand-held tools but I found that it is easier to use the Ryobi Compound Miter saw in order to cut the angles needed for the crown molding.

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Fireplace Mantle and Entertainment Center

by user_lange_198945
Nov 05, 2014

We wanted a fireplace in our living room to help keep the house warm when entertaining family and friends during the holidays. I found an electric fireplace insert, so I decided I could build a fireplace mantle and entertainment center around the insert. It needed to be custom built in order to fit where we wanted it in our living room. One challenge I faced was cutting the crown molding to go around the top and getting it to fit together properly. I really enjoyed adding my own personal characteristics and making it custom to fit my TV, Cable box, sound bar and Blu-Ray player. So far everybody has loved the fireplace mantle and I have even had some of my friends ask if I could build one for them. One friend even said "I wish I would not have paid $2000 extra on my mortgage to have a fireplace and mantle built and just let you custom build one for me." I thing I learned is that I tried cutting the crown molding using all hand-held tools but I found that it is easier to use the Ryobi Compound Miter saw in order to cut the angles needed for the crown molding.