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Project by 404 - Not Found posted 12-23-2013 08:36 PM 1461 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was contacted about ‘panelling’ a chimney breast by my favourite client – the part time interior designer. Normally I’d get a sketch to work to, but this time she just sent a photo with rough dimensions and let me design it (see pic 4). It’s a cover up job, I presume they wanted to do this rather than rip out the old fireplace and start again with block work and replastering. Anyway, this is what I came up with.
I really wanted the piece surrounding the fire opening to be arched and to have the sort of profile that you might find on a traditional stone surround, so that kind of set the tone for the whole project. An important consideration was to only use cutters that I already had – Pic 5 is the ‘magnificent 7’ – all the router cutters used to make this job. To do the arched piece I layered it up, printing off 4 templates from my drawing program, making 4 components and gluing them together. Bit of fine tuning with the belt sander and everything went together exactly how it was meant to.
The big cove for the support under the shelf was done on the table saw after watching Marc Spagnolo’s excellent video. That turned out really well, and there was nothing to be afraid of, so thank you Marc for posting that on LJ’s.
The timber is iroko – or African teak, and iroko veneered mdf – which had to be made to order.
Finish is a wood stain blend and water based lacquer.
If I was doing this job again, I’d shave a few inches off the curved rail and the centre rail to drop the shelf down a bit. Other than that, a very interesting and satisfying piece to work on.

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#1 posted 12-23-2013 08:40 PM

That is beautiful.

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#2 posted 12-23-2013 08:42 PM

Very nicely done renners.

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#3 posted 12-23-2013 09:34 PM

You do some amazing work, man.

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#4 posted 12-23-2013 09:46 PM

Your work is a major improvement over the original. Nice job.

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#5 posted 12-23-2013 11:53 PM

It came out great, I like the design!

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#6 posted 12-23-2013 11:55 PM

That really came out nice.

I think you’re second guessing yourself about the arch width. It needs that girth there. It looks like it’s the same size as the upper rail above the mantle, .... looks good.

So, is there a hidden panel? Ha! with all that space on the sides, I would be tempted to make a hidden upper cabinet. Although, it’s a lot more work and the client usually says forget it when you give them the price to do it….but it would be cool.

One thing I like to do is hide a few coins and a current newspaper or a magazine in mantles and stairs, maybe even get the kids involved and put some of their colored drawings in a time capsule.

It’s always fun to find stuff in the walls during remodeling so I figure I’m giving the next guy something to find.

You should get a picture with it decorated and a painting mounted above.

nice project.

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#7 posted 12-24-2013 12:09 AM

Very nice! I like it, but agree with Mark, there should be a couple secret compartments. Maybe a flat screen TV behind the main upper panel. lol

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#8 posted 12-24-2013 12:14 AM

Classy looking. Lots of great detail.

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#9 posted 12-24-2013 01:34 AM

Vast improvement over that old brick mantel! I’m sure your client loves it!

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#10 posted 12-24-2013 05:41 PM

Very nice renners. Bet your glad to have it finished before Christmas. Enjoy your holiday!

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#11 posted 12-24-2013 06:57 PM

Nice job bud..

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#12 posted 12-25-2013 04:56 AM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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