Building a Mantel Shelf!

Eeekkk!  Can you hear the excitement?  I just built my first mantel shelf from scratch.  I mean my first build project period.  What a sense of accomplishment, to build something out of raw wood.

How to Build a Mantle Shelf

 

I purchased a  2 x 6 x 8, 1 x 8 x 8 and decorative molding.  I had Lowe’s cut the large pieces in half so I could make 2 of these shelves, and it is easier to fit into the car.

supplies needed for a Mantle Shelf

 

I trimmed down the 2 x 6 x 4 so it would be the same distance on the 3 sides of the 2 x 8 x 4.  Meaning, make both pieces of wood flush on the back side, measure the distance from the front top piece to the front bottom piece.  I think mine was 1.75 and I made sure that my sides were the same distance.

tools needed to build a Mantle Shelf

I used my favorite tools to secure my wood pieces together.   I used Gorilla wood glue and then place a few screws with my Ryobi compact drill to help hold things together.  I did use some wood clamps until all things were dry.

Gorilla Wood Glue for a Mantle Shelf-

Ryobi compact drill to build a Mantle Shelf-

 

Next was to cut and add the trim pieces, this is where I needed help.  I have never cut a 45 degree angle with the table saw, and needed Mr. DD’s help.  I wish I would of paid more attention in shop class.  Yes, I took shop class in middle school, not because that’s where the boys were, but because I wanted to learn how to use tools.  I have a very talented father who built things and uses tools all of the time and I think I wanted to be handy like him.  I think I have inherited his talents, thanks Dad!  I think I can do this the next time, thanks honey!

Minwax stainable wood filler

Once we cut the trim pieces, I used Gorilla Wood Glue and some finishing nails to secure in place.  I countersunk and filled nail holes with my Minwax 42853 Stainable Wood Filler, 16-Ounce.

Minwax stain products used to stain a Mantle Shelf-

 

Now to make this mantel shelf pretty.  Before I stain any wood, I always use Minwax 61500 Pre Stain Wood Conditioner, 1 Quart  The wood conditioner helps the wood take the stain evenly and prevents blotchiness.  I used Minwax Dark Walnut as my stain color.  I love the look of the dark wood.

spray painting the brackets for  a Mantle Shelf-

 

I spray painted the metal brackets black.

Building a Mantle Shelf-

 

Isn’t she so pretty?  Now she is ready to go to my shop and be decorated.

decorating a mantel shelf ~

 

I love to decorate mantels and change them for the seasons, and I needed a mantel shelf at my shop so I can decorate for our customers.  Do you have a mantel in your home?  If you have a mantle, do you change it often or do you do it once and forget it?

signature gradual grey

Mantle Shelf-pinnable

Join the DD Community!

Socialmediabutton_200x200

Join the Designed Decor Community and receive weekly free tips on DIY home projects, painted furniture, decorating, and much more.

Gain Free Access to the DD Community! Powered by ConvertKit

3 Responses to Building a Mantel Shelf!

  1. Dede,

    Thanks for this tutorial. I really like to learn more about working with tools and getting my hands into more home improvement projects instead of paying an arm and a leg to get it done.

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Gobble gobble!!!!

    Jessica

  2. I love it!!! I want to make one but I’m trying to convince dear hubby. I even showed him yours! I think I got him where I want him now. A mantel may be foreseeable in the near future. Perhaps before turkey day!

Have a question? Leave it here and I will respond. I love feedback and all comments, so please take the time to leave them.

Blueprint Social Regenerate Clever