Dozens of classic fireplace mantel designs are illustrated with color photos, dimensional drawings and close up shots showing the finest details. This comprehensive guide gives details on construction, finishing and installation. Neophyte woodworkers will find beautiful mantels they can build from scratch, and even the most skillful craftsmen will appreciate the tips and tricks of mantel making provided. Gas fireplaces, high-efficiency fireplaces and non-masonry chimneys are covered. An appendix of specialty mantel manufacturers and suppliers, complete with address and phone numbers, is included.