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Project by GaryL posted 1301 days ago 4590 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I installed this fireplace surround today. Poplar and MDF with shopmade moldings. Poplar pilaster column split in half to help reduce the depth of the mantle top. Pre-cat lacquer finish.

This is the before pic. For some unknown reason some builders in this area build these ugly drywall surrounds with the drywall ledge. It makes for such a deep mantle shelf when adding a real surround.

This was when the bulk of the head pc/breast plate was glued up.

A little further along on getting it all together.

Getting set up to spray.

After the first coat of primer and first sanding (2 hrs). Then rinse and repeat, or spray primer and sand again. (A good finish is all in the prep work)

After two coats of white satin lacquer. ( Magna-Lac )

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





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patron

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#1 posted 1301 days ago

now this is a great improvement
if ever i saw one

well done
sweet

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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GaryL

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#2 posted 1301 days ago

Thanks David!

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

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wouldi

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#3 posted 1301 days ago

good work Gary. Good use of materials also . Something interesting to think about would have been a change in height in the two inset inner panels to follow the contour of the opening for the fire place, but that would have changed the aspect of your columns and top corner panels just something to think about.. i think it would have added a little bit more detail. but does look great

-- to the endeavor

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ND2ELK

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#4 posted 1301 days ago

Good looking surround. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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GaryL

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#5 posted 1301 days ago

Thanks wouldi and Tom. I combined two designs that the client liked. Mainly the panels and the columns she liked. I do like the idea of changing the height. If another client likes this design, I’ll suggest that to them.

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

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lightweightladylefty

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#6 posted 1301 days ago

Gary,

Wonderful workmanship! Getting a good finish on something like that is a real challenge and you met the test!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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WoodenFrog

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#7 posted 1301 days ago

That is super Nice! Great work.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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Rxmpo

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#8 posted 1301 days ago

As my boss likes to say..Under promise and over deliver. The builder obviously under promised and you truly over delivered! Nice work.

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Cheyenne

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#9 posted 1301 days ago

Nice work Gary. That really is an odd drywall fireplace mantle but you made it look like it’s been there all along.

-- Cheyenne - Nashville,TN

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Beginningwoodworker

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#10 posted 1300 days ago

Nice work Gary, I love that fireplace surround.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Kristoffer

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#11 posted 1300 days ago

Beautifully done, Gary. I really wish that I could have worked in the comfort of my shop. Maybe I could have, but it was my first surround and mantel, so I did everything on site. I had half of my shop in the guys garage. I still have to build a couple of bookshelves for either side when the home owners get the funds together.
I might just go ahead and post what I have done so far.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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GaryL

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#12 posted 1300 days ago

Thanks everyone.
Kristoffer…I use to do all my work onsite also, but the better I set the shop up the more projects I try to do in the shop. Even if it’s just some material prep to take to a job, every little bit helps.

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

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BillyJ

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#13 posted 1299 days ago

Yet another great job! Looks awesome. For the life of me, I too can’t understand how a builder could leave a surround like that. Were they going for a modern look? I doubt it, but at the very least they could have put up some moldings to make it look like a mantle.

However, because builders want to just hammer out job after job, you can now come in and do it right for the customer. Nice work.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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helluvawreck

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#14 posted 1298 days ago

Gary, you did a wonderful job on this mantle. I like it a lot. It’s simple but elegant and I think that’s always a good combination. Good work!

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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GaryL

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#15 posted 1298 days ago

Thanks Billy & Charles. I agree Billy, some moldings would have helped in the initial build. The client was not really pleased with the builder. I think it was just one of those “Are you gone yet?” deals,just to get them out of their lives. They go in cheap and then tell the homeowner “Ohh..that’s not included..” Run into that all the time bidding against some of the hacks around here.

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

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