Fireplace Surround

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Project by KnotCurser posted 01-20-2010 02:53 AM 1661 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was done for a client around a year ago (Fall of 2008). When they cleared their land for an addition, they had all the oak trees they cut down milled into 5/4 slabs and wanted the surround made from this material – no other woodworker they talked to was willing to use rough lumber – to “iffy” to price out I guess.

They were willing to buy me a planer and all the wood I could haul from their property in exchange for a surround and a mantel shelf for a different room (project to be added later). This, I thought, was a great deal!

The only catch is that their house is over 60 miles away, so I would have to put everything together in my shop and then transport the thing and hope all the measurements were correct! The outdoor picture is taken just outside the door to my shop, right before we put it on the pickup truck. I guess I wanted a pic in case it came apart during transport! ;-) It made it with no issues at all.

Luckily, I did measure correctly I guess because it fit like a glove! I left the mantel shelf off so I could attach it to the wall and not see the screws – I just glued the shelf in place later.

Also, let me say that I did NOT choose the tiles that surround the firebox – I would have went with a black iron surround, but as they say the customer is always right!

She also wanted to match the wood in her library which was all panel work with rails and stiles, so this is what we came up with.

She really likes it, which I guess is what matters – Plus I got a planer and a few hundred board feet of red and white oak as well!


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#1 posted 01-20-2010 07:30 PM

Hey Bob
Super fireplace surround.

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#2 posted 01-21-2010 02:44 AM

I love the barter system! Nice work!

-- "The only thing that counts is faith, expressing itself in love." --Galatians 5:6

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