Let’s build a fireplace encasement! For simplicity, I’ve divided this up into 3 parts: The base. The encasement. The mantel and hearth.
Have you always dreamt of having a fireplace in your bedroom? But really–how hard would that be to build, right? Turns out, not hard at all! Here it is–Step Two to my Building a Fireplace Series! You’ve got this! Let’s go!
EASY HOW TO BUILD A FIREPLACE ENCASEMENT-Part 2
(Listed below are the materials needed for the ENTIRE “Build a Fireplace” 3-part series)
Well, first things first, you need a fireplace 🙂 I highly recommend this one from Amazon. All of my measurements will be based off of this fireplace insert, however, they can be adjusted to work for any insert. (Amazon Affiliate Links Included)
3/4″- 4’x8′ Sanded Plywood (2)
Stain (I chose Varathane Golden Oak)
(Amazon Affiliate Links Included)
Table saw Or Circular saw
Multi-purpose tool (optional)
Step One: Build Fireplace Encasement around front of fireplace insert
The fireplace encasement will keep the fireplace sturdy and in place.
Front risers: Measure the height of your fireplace insert and cut four 2×4’s at this measurement. (I cut mine at 25 5/16″ long). Drill 1.5″ p.h’s on one end and attach to front support, using 2.5″ p.h. screws. The placement is as shown below…
Make sure the two 2×4’s next to the fireplace insert, push up tightly against the insert….
Step Two: Build Fireplace Encasement around back of fireplace insert
Back riser: Cut two more 2×4’s at the same length as your four above and drill 1.5″ p.h.’s on one end. Attach to both ends of the back support. As shown below…
Cut two 2×4’s at 58″ long and attach to the back risers, using 2.5″ screws.
My fireplace was still a little wobbly, so I added another 2×4 to hold it in place (Completely optional)…
Step Three: Build top of Fireplace Encasement
Risers: Cut six 14″ 2×4’s with 1.5″ p.h.’s on one end. Attach with 2.5″ p.h. screws, according to the placement shown below…
Before we move onto the next step of building the top of the encasement, we need to secure the structure to the wall. Although the encasement is a very solid piece, it’s still wise to take this extra cautionary measure. Cut two 2×4’s at 7″ and drill 1.5″ p.h.’s on one end. Using a stud finder, find two studs on the wall above the encasement back riser. Then attach your 2×4’s in those two spots to the encasement back riser using 2.5″ p.h. screws. Lastly, attach to the wall studs with 2.5″ screws. (See the picture below for more clarification) (Sorry for the blurriness; not sure why this picture turned out this way 🙁 )….
Stretchers: Cut two 2×4’s 58″ long and attach to risers using 2.5″ screws…
Double check for level. If not, add some shims under your stretchers to bring it level. (This is very easy: You can buy shims at the store or use thin scraps from your table saw. Simply place a shim on top of the riser that needs some height added to it, place your stretcher back in place, check for level. Repeat until it’s level) Mine was level, and therefore, did not require shims. However, not all floors are level, so sometimes this step is necessary…
Alright! So, again I ask, what do you think so far? Pretty easy?? The last part of this 3-part series is more of the same. So simple! Be sure to check back next Thursday as we continue to build a fireplace together. Next up: Building the mantel and hearth.
Until next time,
Happy Building, Friend!!
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