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Project by maxomatic posted 923 days ago 1568 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A new fireplace surround to cover the old brick. Poplar & plywood, frame & panel. Finished with 3 coats of water based enamel and 3 coats of GF polyacrylic. The mantel was already there. Thanks GaryL for the tips.

The reason for the clamp in the photo of the old fireplace is that I used it to tilt the fireplace up so I could get the new tile underneath it.

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





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greg

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#1 posted 922 days ago

nice !!

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SheriDi

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#2 posted 922 days ago

Great job. I have a similar fireplace and have been wondering how to remove the old brick. I think I’ll use your idea and just hide it!

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#3 posted 922 days ago

I really like the new look you gave it.

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Eric

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#4 posted 905 days ago

Nice. I like it.
How wide is the mantel? Trying to get ideas.

-- Eric "That's all very well and human, but when will you stop having to apologize and start doing your very best you can? When will you begin?"

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maxomatic

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#5 posted 905 days ago

Eric – The mantel is 90” wide, 10” deep.

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

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#6 posted 903 days ago

How deep is the surround? How do you have the top of the mantel anchored to the wall?

-- Eric "That's all very well and human, but when will you stop having to apologize and start doing your very best you can? When will you begin?"

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maxomatic

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#7 posted 903 days ago

You can’t really tell in the photos, but at the top of the fireplace the old brick is stepped out. The surround is 7-1/2” deep to accommodate this. The mantel is anchored to the top of the brick, it was already there and I didn’t do anything to it.

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

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#8 posted 785 days ago

Beautiful! I would love to do this to my fireplace. At the risk of sounding ignorant I have to ask, is there not a concern with having wood on the edges of the firebox, so close to the heat? It’s not a fire hazard?

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#9 posted 785 days ago

A good build nice work.

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maxomatic

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#10 posted 785 days ago

Terrilou – I myself had initially dismissed the idea (my wife’s) of a wood surround for that reason. However, as with most of my wife’s ideas, I came back and took a little more time to look into it, and it turned out she was right. The manufacturer of the fireplace insert had very specific measurements for what the clearance from any combustible material had to be, to the sides and above the stove. So there’s a metal surround, the black part, around a pretty tiny firebox, that covers that clearance. Just to be sure I put my hand up where the wood is, and it doesn’t get nearly hot enough to cause any problems.

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

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