Simple Woodstove Surround Modification

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About 20 years ago I had a wood-stove installed at the house.
The wife was into “Country” decor and so I did all the brick work myself (that’s a whole other story).
I accomplished the rustic look she wanted and she was happy for quite a while with it.

Last year when the pandemic hit, she knew I was bored out of my mind, she asked if I could add a wood top to the brick and fancy it up a little bit.

So me and SketchUp got busy. Looked good on paper. Trouble was the walls weren’t at 90 deg, the brick layer (me) didn’t keep everything perfectly uniform and I had some clearance issues to deal with.

I started off buy just laying out some red oak boards to see what I was up against.

I then needed to deal with the corner…that was the biggest challenge.

After lots of scribing and some major fussin’ I got it about as close as I could and I was finally able to answer the question my wife asks the most…”Why do you need so many clamps?”

This was a real bugger to glue up because I wanted it to be removable in case she changed her mind again.
After a good sanding and some stain and lacquer, it was complete.

She loves it and that makes me happy!
Thanks for looking

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#1 posted 05-12-2021 11:40 PM

That turned out great!

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 05-13-2021 02:46 AM

Nice work. Makes me miss the Lopi stove we had at our previous house.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 05-13-2021 02:57 AM

Please check fire code on that. Flammable materials have a minimum setback distance for a given flammability rating. You might wanna use that stove as a decoration instead of a live heat source.

Very nice work.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#4 posted 05-13-2021 10:50 AM

Lovely work. Good to have a project going to pass the time with

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#5 posted 05-13-2021 05:16 PM

That looks really nice. Very country feel to it.

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#6 posted 05-14-2021 06:21 PM

A vast improvement. Hopefully you haven’t encountered issues with the heat from the vent stack.
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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#7 posted 05-14-2021 06:50 PM

A vast improvement. Hopefully you haven t encountered issues with the heat from the vent stack.
Well done.

- ohwoodeye

No issues. It’s hard to tell from the picture but the oak is 18” away from the stove.
That was an initial concern when I was designing the mantle but it has not been a problem.
We burned all winter and it got warm but not hot.
We don’t usually have the stocking up when we are burning. That was just a “Pretty” picture for the wife.

Thank you for the kind comments.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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