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Project by Todd A. Clippinger posted 11-28-2015 07:17 PM 1470 views 9 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project for some clients. They live in the historic district in Billings, MT. They have a beautiful old home built in the late 1920’s so it has a very Arts & Crafts feel.

The old fireplace had an ancient gas burner and the clients purchased a new gas insert fireplace. The overall design of the original fireplace surround and mantle was pretty horrible. The original fireplace is the green & brick version clearly marked “Original Fireplace.” I wouldn’t want anybody thinking I designed and built that hideous thing.

I took some cues from the black fireplace insert and used black slate as the hearth and immediate area around the fireplace to meet code for clearance. Then to make it all pop I painted the wood surround white.

I gave them a few different designs, a couple had arches over the fireplace and a couple did not. They liked one of the arch versions best.

Check out those tight paint lines! I get just as excited about paint-grade projects as I do “fine woodworking” projects. It think it is a great show of skill and knowledge to get tight paint lines and a smooth paint job.

It was a great project the led to a lot more work with these clients.

Hope you enjoy!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com





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gbear

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#1 posted 11-28-2015 07:40 PM

Nice design and nice job Todd…I’m sure your clients will love it.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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Roger

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#2 posted 11-28-2015 07:58 PM

Professional quality is what you do Todd. Super nice and super smooth

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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BurlyBob

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#3 posted 11-28-2015 08:08 PM

Todd, that is very nice. A very classic design.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#4 posted 11-28-2015 08:09 PM

Thanks Guys!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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GaryL

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#5 posted 11-28-2015 08:26 PM

Getting a quality solid color sprayed lacquer finish is harder than a stain/dye and clear coat finish. You nailed it as you always do. I’ve started putting topcoats of clear for added durability. Should have been doing that from the start.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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Thos. Angle

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#6 posted 11-28-2015 10:02 PM

Nice work, Todd. But then…...............you always do.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 11-29-2015 02:41 AM

Very NICE…

COOL lines… etc.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Daruc

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#8 posted 11-29-2015 05:13 AM

”Check out those tight paint lines! I get just as excited about paint-grade projects as I do “fine woodworking” projects. It think it is a great show of skill and knowledge to get tight paint lines and a smooth paint job.”

Great job on the surround!

I agree with you and GaryL.
I don’t think painted jobs get as much respect, although just as much if not more goes into them.
I don’t know if you ever remember seeing this, posted it a long time ago. This was one of my favorites, hope you don’t mind me sharing it here.

Good Luck with your future endeavors!

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david38

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#9 posted 11-29-2015 04:05 PM

nice build

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#10 posted 11-29-2015 04:07 PM

Woodust – I don’t mind at all. Nice work man, you are totally pro!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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lew

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#11 posted 11-29-2015 06:07 PM

Awesome build, Todd. The customer must be super proud!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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jaykaypur

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#12 posted 11-29-2015 07:19 PM

Beautiful job and interpretation. It’s no wonder that you got some more work from this.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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DrSawdust

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#13 posted 11-30-2015 04:02 AM

Great design and execution!

-- Making sawdust is what I do best

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CJIII

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#14 posted 11-30-2015 05:41 AM

Nice looking fireplace.

-- Woodworking with Limited Tools

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#15 posted 11-30-2015 05:42 AM

CJIII – Thanks man! I just came in from the shop and sat down to a late dinner with the computer as your message came through. You are up kinda late!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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