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Project by GaryL posted 05-27-2011 02:53 AM 4486 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Seems like lately everyone wants to make their brick fireplaces disappear. That’s a good thing for me.
Set a limestone hearth to cover the old brick hearth, then some Indian slate, then some sawdust and lacquer fumes and there you have it. No more brick.
Ran an 1 1/4” conduit up the inside of the left pilaster and under the mantle to get the HDMI cables up to the TV.
MDF, poplar, and maple with a precat lacquer finish.

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





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GaryL

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#1 posted 05-27-2011 04:02 AM

I’ve gotten pretty comfortable with Magna-Lac. It’s the only thing available locally. The local Sherwin Williams does not carry any lacquers in stock. I’ve had them order in some Cab-Lac one time but did not notice any big difference from the Magna-Lac.

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

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#2 posted 05-27-2011 04:27 AM

Another good one, Gary. I need to get my first (and so far, last) posted. Like I said, I did almost everything on site, but they couldn’t afford to have me paint it. I think that it is still bare wood and MDF. Thanks for the post, it reminded me to give them a call and check on the progress.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#3 posted 05-27-2011 05:27 AM

Nice work, Gary!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 05-27-2011 06:31 PM

Great job, Gary
Have you sprayed clear precat, if so how does the white compare?
I have used clear and wondered if the colors applied the same.
Thanks
Keith

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI www.julyswoodworks.com

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ShopDogs

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#5 posted 05-27-2011 06:44 PM

Your work is always so fine. I always look forward to your postings. I have been buried in work for the last several months. I probably should do some postings myself.

Take care,
M

-- ShopDogs, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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GaryL

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#6 posted 05-28-2011 05:01 AM

Thanks guys!
Bently..check out any Pratt&Lambert dealers to see if they stock gallons. From what I understand, P&L owns ML Campbell which makes Magna-Lac and Magna-Max.
Keith….the clear and pigmented seem to spray the same. I thin it out a little more than recommended with a medium drying thinner to get it to lay down a bit better and get a better spray pattern.
Micheal…Good to hear from you. I would love to see what you’ve been up to, so post away. How’s the office coming?

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

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#7 posted 06-22-2011 01:03 AM

Beautiful work, Gary.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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maxomatic

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#8 posted 06-28-2011 09:52 PM

You seem to be an expert at fireplace surrounds! Lovely work. I’m about to try a project like this in my home, what do you find is the best way to attach a new surround to brickwork? Do you have any suggestions or tips? I’ll take whatever you can give, thanks!

-- I cut it three times and it's STILL too short!

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GaryL

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#9 posted 08-14-2011 09:30 PM

maxomatic…sorry for being late with a response…not much time to be online lately.
Every surround is different. I usually try to get some cleats mounted somewhere to glue and fasten the surround to. I build them with the mantle separate so I can fasten the surround with hidden screws if possible, then glue the mantle on with some construction adhesive. I try not to have any nails or screws in any visible areas. Sometimes a generous amount of construction adhesive and some temporary braces until the adhesive sets can do the job. I justt don’t want to be the next guy that wants to try and remove it..lol .

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

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