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Oak fire place / mantle

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Oak fire place / mantle

Postby DaveL » 17 Sep 2014, 18:31

This is another old project, posted before.
Our living room had a gas fire on the chimney breast, we never used it and when we had a new boiler fitted, it was pulled off the wall as the old back boiler was hiding behind it.
We were left with a bit of ply stuck over the hole to stop the draft. It was decided that a small wood burner should be installed, the LOML often feels cold so it was an easy decision.
I bought a small unit on ebay, that was the easy part. When the plumber replaced the central heating he left the old pipework and pump in the wall. When I started on the wall I found the side of the opening had been knocked out, the pump put in place and the brick work roughly replaced.
I needed to open the hole out and found that the old boiler had been sitting on the bricks from a storage heater, cemented in with a very strong mix.
Here is the new wood burner on a small set of wheels for easy movement in the opened out hole, along with a few sample tiles for the hearth.
ImageBabergh-20120926-00087 by DaveL_, on Flickr
I cut away the laminate floor and fitted an oak frame to the floor, this retained the self levelling compound, ready for the tiles.
ImageBabergh-20121003-00092 by DaveL_, on Flickr
So on to the wood work.
ImageBabergh-20121026-00110 by DaveL_, on Flickr
A new blade from Tuff Saws made sort work of the 4" oak for the corbel
ImageBabergh-20121026-00111 by DaveL_, on Flickr
I then had to buy a new tool, a bobbin sander.
ImageBabergh-20121030-00121 by DaveL_, on Flickr
Then over to the router table to add a bead detail down the side.
ImageBabergh-20121104-00124 by DaveL_, on Flickr
It was at this point I was over ruled and instead of cutting a second corbel, I cut that one down the middle, here are most of the parts laid out for approval before I continued with the job.
ImageBabergh-20121104-00126 by DaveL_, on Flickr
The tiles went up the wall, while Jones our grand old ginger cat made use of the test burning of the new stove, note the oak acclimatising.
ImageBabergh-20121104-00127 by DaveL_, on Flickr
Almost ready for the fitting to the wall.
ImageBabergh-20121216-00143 by DaveL_, on Flickr
Frame up, held with mirror plates.
ImageBabergh-20121224-00144 by DaveL_, on Flickr
And on with the shelf.
ImageBabergh-20121224-00146 by DaveL_, on Flickr
Just in time for Christmas 2012.
Here is Hector our sons dog showing how a wood burner should be used if your a dog on Boxing day.
ImageBabergh-20121226-00001 by DaveL_, on Flickr

I had a local firm install a new stainless steel flue liner in place of the old gas liner as the flue gasses from burning wood eat the gas class liner away.

The oak came from a farm just over the river from us in Essex, organised by Mike.
My tool kit is almost complete, only a few more to get.
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