Several people have asked about the mantelpiece from
the 2004 JLC shows. Some wanted to know what happened to it. I threw it away in Portland
after assembling and tearing it down five times!
Others wanted to know more about how to build it. This article should help.
overall dimensions of the mantelpiece (pilaster height and mantelshelf
width), will depend on the size of your firebox AND your local code.
Many codes require 12 in. clearance from combustibles at the top of
the firebox AND the sides. Some require only 6 in. clearance at the
sides. Be sure to check your local building code requirements!