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Sophisticated Fireplace

Add sophistication to your fireplace by encasing it with stained wood panels.

Materials and Tools:

1/2" luan plywood
1" screws
brad nails
stain
corner round
flat stock wood
circular saw
jigsaw
contouring tool

Steps:

1. Cut the luan to cover the front and sides of the fireplace, and nail and screw it in place.

2. To make the cutout around the mantel, use a contouring tool, molding the tool around the fireplace edges.

3. Trace around the contouring tool onto the luan. Use a jigsaw to cut out the shape.

4. Attach the cutout luan pieces around the mantel. Nail flat stock over the seams where the luan is joined together. Add corner round to the corners.

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