question about building a mantle
Hi All -
My husband and I are trying to make some updates to our FP. We would like to add a wood mantle. It right now has a stone ledge. We would ideally like to build a box that would fit over the stone.
The problem we are having as we are starting the planning process is that the FP is 8'1" (97 inches) wide. We were considering getting a good quality plywood but they are only 8' long.??? We would rather not have a seam in there - as we are new to woodworking and would not want to mess it up. We want a simple box like shelf - maybe possibly some moldings.
I am attaching a picture so you can see what we are dealing with:
Here are the measurements of the current stone mantle shelf
Length: 97 inches
Depth from wall: 8 inches
width: 2 inches
We are at a loss as to what to do. We wanted to build something to save money - and I was just looking up some and most of them come much smaller and only a few sites carried them at 8 ft But that would still be too small.