Welcome to my ever changing room :) I just can't keep well enough alone in here. I've been planning on how I'm going to decorate for Christmas and decided that I wanted to make this room a little cozier this year. The best way to make it cozy is a fireplace, right? Well, it didn't have one. So, I decided to make a fake one instead.
I drew up a few ideas in my head. Graphed it out to see what sizes would work best, and came up with a design. Not too big, not too wide, not too deep. I then bought all the materials and laid them out on the garage floor and thought....oh crap. This is going to look ridiculous lol
1 1x12 (6')
1 1x10 (6')
2 1x6 (6')
1 4x4 (8')
1 1x4 (6')
1 1x3 (8')
2 1x2 (8')
1/4" plywood half sheet
(see cuts in tutorial below)
The first step was to cut the 1x10 into two pieces at 30.5" each. I also then cut 4 pieces of 1x2 at 30.5". I secured the 1x2s onto the top sides of the 1x10s. See below:
Then for the top piece, I used three different pieces of wood. One 1x6, one 1x3 (you can use a 1x2 if you don't want it to jut out as far) and one 1x12. They are all cut 36" long. I secured the 1x6 to the 1x3, having the 1x3 jutting out. I then secured the 1x12 to the other two pieces on top of the 1x3. (see picture below if that's a little confusing)
I then cut two 1x2s at 36 inches and secured them to the back of the piece like I did the above side pieces. I also secured two 1x2s to the other sides at 9 3/4". I glued these on, so I 'clamped' them down with the 4x4s.
Had to throw this cute little pup in here. He used to be in like every one of my pictures, but he's getting so old now he can barely get up and follow me :(