Fireplace surround

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Project by Lou Sylvester posted 11-30-2020 01:38 PM 579 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The surround was constructed out of Quarter Sawn Red Oak and it was completed in the Arts and Craft style to highlight the gas fireplace.The mantle is a box construction with plywood being used for the top and bottom and solid wood used as the face and sides using miters at the corners and rabbets on the top and bottom. The pillars were constructed using miters on the corners and a rabbet to overlap the tile.Mouldings were used to build depth and to keep the surround in the Arts and Craft style.Stain was applied to match the purchased bookcases and two coats of varnish was applied.I installed the tile.

-- Lou Sylvester

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#1 posted 11-30-2020 02:24 PM

Absolutely love the simple yet elegant design

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#2 posted 11-30-2020 02:34 PM

I want that in my house. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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Lou Sylvester

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#3 posted 11-30-2020 02:50 PM

Thank you.

-- Lou Sylvester

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#4 posted 11-30-2020 04:10 PM

Wow. timeless style and function. I have been contemplating a make-over for my fireplace surround. Motawi tile would have a place in the plan. Wonderful work with tile and A&C style. Thanks for the inspiration.

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#5 posted 11-30-2020 04:14 PM

beautiful surround. The wood surround and the tiles have really captured the craftsman look.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 11-30-2020 06:01 PM

Wonderful, a very classic look. Now get those stockings hung with care.

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#7 posted 11-30-2020 07:04 PM

Wowee – beautiful!

-- Zach

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#8 posted 11-30-2020 09:41 PM

Very attractive. I can see it looking spectacular decorated with lighted garland for Christmas.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#9 posted 12-01-2020 10:47 AM

Nicely done. I bet that has a huge impact on the room

-- Petey

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#10 posted 12-01-2020 01:08 PM

Beautiful! I really like it. Well done.

-- Pete

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#11 posted 12-01-2020 01:32 PM

A stunner
Would you mind sharing more details on the finish?

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Lou Sylvester

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#12 posted 12-01-2020 01:57 PM

I used a preconditioner and then applied a stain that I bought from the supplier of my Shelf units. The finish I used was McCloskey’s Spar Varnish satin that I cut with paint thinner. I steel wooled in between the first and second coat

-- Lou Sylvester

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