Fireplace surround with TV

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Project by Mark55 posted 03-04-2013 01:22 PM 2491 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built a cherry kitchen a couple years ago and the customer wanted the fireplace that was in the kitchen to match up to the rest of the cabinet work. They did not use it much, it was more for decoration than anything.
The fireplace unit itself was metal insert with blowers that pulled in cold air from the bottom on each side and circulated the air over the unit and blew it over the top.
The original grills were cast iron black and did not fit the theme of the kitchen. He wanted some type of wood grills instead. So I created the ones you see in the last 2 pictures. They both have a slight convex front on them and the back side has a rib routed onto it to fit the hole that they set into. I made the blanks on my routermill then used a scroll saw to cut out the pattern.
The lower columns were so wide and deep I ended up making the front of the columns doors. Then I used hidden european style hinges and they ended up with hidden storage.
One of his requests was to have the TV look like it is framed in with molding with nothing showing but the screen. I could not trap the TV in there so the 2 pieces of molding on the right and left are held in place with magnets and the upper piece fits in a slot.
The next challenge was the cable box and DVD player. He wanted them there but not seen. So just under the TV I was able to make a deep slot that both units fit in side by side. Then I made a grill with slots that fits across the length of the bottom of the TV trim. Its hard to see in the picture but this is also held in place with magnets. The slots in the grill provide enough space to shoot the remote signal through. The grill has to be removed to put a DVD in but with the magnets it works OK.
Everything is made out of cherry and cherry plywood. I made all the trim, except the last piece of crown on the very top.

-- Mark, Newton, NC.

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#1 posted 03-04-2013 01:39 PM

Awesome job! Your client received a first-class product designed to all of their specs! The proportions on everything make the piece stunning…

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#2 posted 03-05-2013 12:14 AM

Very beautiful

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 03-07-2013 02:45 PM

Awesome and great project! Beautiful additions on the grills, scroll saw job and trims. Great job satisfying the customer.

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#4 posted 03-07-2013 03:46 PM

You did a wonderful job on this mantle. It’s beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 03-08-2013 10:09 AM

Thank you everyone. The Picture is poor and doesn’t do it justice. It’s projects like this that I really enjoy creating.

-- Mark, Newton, NC.

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