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10-11-2017 01:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: magnetic wood frame

I am wanting to build a faux fireplace for my apartment. Most plans require you to nail/screw the frame into the wall for support followed by nailing/screwing all the pieces together. However, I would want to be able to transport this relatively easily to any future locations. I had the crazy idea of embedding magnets into my wood so that the pieces can simply stick together to create my frame. This idea is similar to gluing all the wood together, but instead of glue, I would be using magnets so that the pieces can be disassembled for transport & them reassembled. So pretty much adult legos. The wood would be creating hollow squares/rectangles. My question is this: do you think that the magnetic wood could create a sturdy frame for my faux fireplace?

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#1 posted 10-11-2017 01:19 PM

NO….. try mortise and tenon but leave loose or they make fasteners just for this kind of work :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 10-11-2017 03:06 PM

You probably could do it with magnets but strong ones are expensive. You are better off with the connector bolts as was suggested. You can go on eBay or Google and find good prices.

I recently built a pair robin’s beds with them and they work great.

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#3 posted 10-11-2017 03:42 PM

I would build a faux surround and be done with it. Wood Legos sounds like a lot of work for little gain. All the magnets and labor will cost as much as several surrounds. And what if your tastes change or your next place has a fireplace?

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 10-11-2017 03:51 PM

There are several KD (Knock Down) systems that are designed to come apart after assembly.
While I like working with magnets, there really is no need to reinvent the wheel.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#5 posted 10-11-2017 05:17 PM

Magnets would be impractical from a price standpoint or for any kind of strength. A dresser does not need to be screwed to a wall, this is nothing more than that. To load up with weight make a box for the bottom that comes in from the back. Go to a auto repair place and ask for old wheel weights, they have alot. That would be sufficient ballast to hold it down without worrying about tipping over. The box would allow you remove the weight for easy transport.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 10-11-2017 05:26 PM

It’s a little tricky to say how well magnets
would work without seeing a design.

Lamello makes a high-end invisible joinery
system using magnets. It’s usually used
on pricey installation jobs.

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#7 posted 10-12-2017 01:33 AM

I am originally from NYC and I can assure you you DO NOT want a bunch of hollow squares that make wonderful nests for just about anything from roaches to rats, etc. Just saying.

-- MasMan from the Fiery Gizzard

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