Preview - A TV Complicates the Mantelpiece - Fine Homebuilding Article
previous
  • Install a Vinyl Privacy Fence
    Install a Vinyl Privacy Fence
  • Deck Design & Construction
    Deck Design & Construction
  • All about Roofing
    All about Roofing
  • 9 Concrete Countertop Ideas
    9 Concrete Countertop Ideas
  • 7 Small Bathroom Layouts
    7 Small Bathroom Layouts
  • Remodeling Articles
    Remodeling Articles
  • 7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
    7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
  • Clever daily tip in your inbox
    Clever daily tip in your inbox
  • Read FHB on Your iPad
    Read FHB on Your iPad
  • Video Series: Tile a Bathroom
    Video Series: Tile a Bathroom
  • Ultimate Deck Build 2015
    Ultimate Deck Build 2015
  • Tips & Techniques for Painting
    Tips & Techniques for Painting
  • Design Inspiration
    Design Inspiration
  • 7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
    7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
  • Energy-Smart Details
    Energy-Smart Details
  • Basement Remodeling Tips
    Basement Remodeling Tips
  • Master Carpenter Videos
    Master Carpenter Videos
  • Magazine Departments
    Magazine Departments
next
Pin It

A TV Complicates the Mantelpiece

Tips on trim details and new design tools from a big project 

When Fine Homebuilding contributing editor Gary M. Katz undertook a project to build a fireplace mantel with room to recess a flat-screen TV, he knew he'd probably make some mistakes but also learn some valuable lessons. He highlights the ups and downs of this unusual project. Among the lessons Katz learned: always start a project with a drawing. Katz made excellent use of a new design tool, Google's SketchUp, in the course of this mantel project. He also did as much work in the shop as he could and modified existing molding profiles to create a custom look. 

A TV Complicates the Mantelpiece
Plus get a free gift
Become a Fine Homebuilding Member. Start your free trial now
Next Article
Next Article: Video: