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Forum topic by WOODIE1 posted 03-27-2012 06:49 AM 834 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-27-2012 06:49 AM

I built a simple fireplace surround that is a mitered 8” planks framed with 1×3,s with the edge showing on the face. I am looking for some ideas how to dress up the edges?

I was think of maybe a 3d type effect by using a grinder to make ridges or rough edge? Any ideas suggestions, links, etc???

I will post a pic if needed but it is just the edge of a board.

Thanks love this site but it consumes my day looking at all the great projects.

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#1 posted 03-27-2012 01:12 PM


Welcome to LJs , a world of advise, opinions, and experiences, all shared without judgement.

Without a visual of your ‘surround’ it’s not going to be easy to recommend a ‘trim’ style, but here are some simple additions that may finish that exposed edge.

A simple Quarter Round or Cove molding. Dental molding or Pyracantha Leaf molding or maybe a Fluted molding would work, it all depends on how simply stated or intricate the design is that you will end up with.

If ‘Rustic’ is what you are looking for, you could add a ‘Live’ edge or the wane (bark) edge of a slabcut of a tree.

It’s your vision that will determine what ‘Finishes’ the edge of that plank, and that could be as simple as nothing at all.

Have fun with it and Play Safe.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 03-27-2012 04:54 PM

The possibilities are endless. In the end only you can decide what suits your tastes and style : )
Grandpa Len has some good suggestions for you to start with : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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