Brick Archway

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Project by PirateOfCatan posted 02-03-2009 04:47 PM 3023 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch


This being my first post I felt it would be good to use it to introduce myself. I work in theatrical carpenter/technician and do more traditional woodworking on the side. Most of the projects I do at work get viewed under special lighting and at a distance to boot. With all that being said no we can get to the project.

This is a brick archway I built a year ago. The structure is made from 1×3 and faced with lauan. The curve of the arch was done with either 1/8 lauan or 3/8 wiggle wood. The “bricks” are homasote ripped and crosscut to size and then split in half. The “bricks” are applied with a bead of construction adhesive and brads in the four corners. They get a caulk grout line and several layers of paint. The end result looks great, but it gets old when you need to make enough “brick” to cover well over 2,500 square feet.

I have enjoyed all the great projects others have been posting. Finally I got around to signing up. Go sick days!

-- P.O.C.

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#1 posted 02-03-2009 04:55 PM

Pretty clever brickwork.

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#2 posted 02-03-2009 05:26 PM

What an interesting job. Faux carpentry….cool.
Welcome to lumberjocks.

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#3 posted 02-03-2009 05:32 PM

I figured you were a lost mason here at lumberjocks! Looks real to me!

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#4 posted 02-03-2009 05:34 PM

looks great. I was also a theatrical techy for a couple of years, then turned to stage management, and then finally landed in contracting. it was a great ride, lol. Id love to see some more of your work. welcome to Lumberjocks!

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#5 posted 02-03-2009 05:50 PM

HA! That is really well done work as I too wondered why you were posting a masonry project here. I will have to incorporate something like this in my home, maybe next to the entrance of the secret dungeon:

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#6 posted 02-03-2009 05:52 PM

Love it…............thinking I might give it a try in the “wine cellar”

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#7 posted 02-03-2009 06:48 PM

Looks great. What is homasote?

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#8 posted 02-03-2009 07:38 PM

Dandy, dandy

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#9 posted 02-03-2009 08:43 PM

Hey Firecaster (and everyone),

Homasote is used in for several purposes in the building industry. The most common uses are for sound dampening, insulation (although it doesn’t have a very high R-value) and as a cushion for flooring. It comes as a 4×8 sheet and is basically pressed pulp. It does not have much structural strength but does make for a cheap bulletin board. Some places also sell it as “sound board” coming in a slightly denser flavor. More info can be found at:

Please correct me if I got anything wrong.

-- P.O.C.

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#10 posted 01-30-2010 10:45 PM

Some use momosote strips, or something very similar, as expansion joints when doing concrete floors or patios.

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#11 posted 02-09-2010 08:41 AM

well done

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