Fireplace surround w/bookshelves

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Project by deerslayer_13 posted 12-18-2012 01:44 PM 1417 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got to play with Google SketchUp for this project which the customers absolutely loved.
This surround is made for an electric fireplace with “lots of shelf space for pictures of grandkids”. Built from 5/8” mdf, 46” tall, 9’ 6” long.
The box and shelves were a pretty standard build, the fun part was making the shelving trim and baseboard for the curved shelves. The 4’ shelves needed some support so I added a 1 1/2” trim to stiffen them, the trim on the top 2 curved shelves were made from 1/4” mdf laminated together on the form pictured. I used a suggestion that I got from someone here on LJ, which was to wrap the wood in a wet towel and put it in the microwave to steam it. It worked out great with a little trial and error, a damp towel at 3 min on high was just right for the mdf. Too long and it would burn the wood, too wet and it would swell too much. For the baseboard I ended up cutting out 5 curved pieces of mdf and stacking them then sanding and routed them. Both were new techniques for me and I am pleased with the results.
The customer is doing the tile and paint, and I am anxiously waiting for the finished pictures.

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#1 posted 12-18-2012 06:24 PM

Well done. Thanks for the information about the bending. Great outcome!

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#2 posted 12-18-2012 07:02 PM

Great work, I have been practicing with google sketch up durning recovery. I recieved my DVD by Bob Lang today. Geeting ready to work some more on this great program. Your project came out great and nice info thx for sharing.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 12-18-2012 07:06 PM

Good job, it’s always cool to try new techniques.

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#4 posted 12-18-2012 08:49 PM

Very nice.

-- Chris K

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