Wood stove, part 3 - brick surround

by brae  

For the brick surround for the wood stove, I started by squaring up my rough paper template and marking the center of the floor and back pieces.

As a reminder, here is my inspiration from hearth.com showing a partial brick wall.  Now that I study it, these might be brick colored stone tiles instead.  But, I still like the look of it.

I cut egg carton bricks 1/4" x 3/4" - my usual choice for brick size.  Click here for my cutting tutorial.

I started with the floor template since it has the cropped corners.  I glued bricks to the template in a pleasing pattern, adjusting the template to fit.

Before going ahead with the inside brickwork, I tested the fit of the new shape of the floor template.  Perfect!  :D

I bricked the interior portion of the floor template and then completed the wall template.  I checked the fit of both pieces in the Studio.

The red brick coloration in my inspiration piece looks so lovely that I decided to mimic that with my bricks using Liquitex Burnt Sienna.  I grouted with Andi Mini Mortar and then touched up the paint and added a dark grey wash to darken the mortar.

I have the pieces held in place with mini hold wax at the moment.  I need to install the stove lighting before I can glue the brick surround in place.

So far, the stove is working out well.  :]  I think those feet are crying out for a footstool.  Haaaaaaaaa!

In other news, Jasper said he's willing to help with the deck when I get to it.  To that end, we've started with scroll saw lessons.


Comment from: linda [Visitor]
My goodness, do you put me to shame with the dry fitting and testing and what not! I am just game to try it and see how it goes, which is usually very poorly. By the way, Jasper is NOT saying with his eyes that he wants to scroll saw. I though you should know.
02/23/13 @ 21:19
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
So Jasper is your cat's name. He's adorable. Such expressive eyes! He seems to be thinking something like "Boy, there's so much going on around here all the time. One never knows what to expect. And now she wants me to learn the saw." Too cute he is! Hahaaaah! Once again, Brae, a fantastic job on that brick work.
02/23/13 @ 21:42
Comment from: Janine Thiedeke [Visitor]
Great work Brae, I have just discovered how easy it is to use the egg cartons for small pavers. One day perhaps I will try a brick chimney as you have demonstrated in an earlier post. Pretty impressive! Having fun following your progress. Regards Janine
02/23/13 @ 23:37
Comment from: Janine [Visitor]
Forgot to say how appealing Jasper looks.I am sure he is wonderful company as you work. Janne
02/23/13 @ 23:39
Comment from: Liduina [Visitor]
From the look in his eyes, I just can tell Jasper is going to be fabulous with the scroll saw. But remind him to put the protective glasses on!!!! :-)
02/24/13 @ 07:32
Comment from: Betsy Rogers [Visitor]
HaHa, Jasper looks all set...! I am sure you will teach him all about safety! I love your little stove and the egg carton bricks look Fantastic!!! Thank you so much for sharing your techniques with them... My projects have benefited Hugely as a result! And I hesitate to ask... since you put so much careful work into that beautiful floor.... but are there going to be one or two "burn marks" left by accidental rolling embers??? (I have never known a wood stove that didn't come with those telltale marks!) Lol!
02/24/13 @ 08:29
Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]
Jasper is so beautiful. I want to snuggle him.
02/24/13 @ 08:49
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]
Okay, Jasper is stealing the show! And distracting from a very nice tutorial, LOL!
02/24/13 @ 09:27
Comment from: Ana Correia [Visitor]
Love how it turned out, thank you for sharing :) Whats about cats and dollhouses? I have 5 cats always around while I am working .lol. Jasper is a star &#59;) hugs
02/24/13 @ 12:22
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks so much!!! :D Jasper startled me when he popped up in the chair while I was working. He usually sleeps in that chair (unless I'm already in it), but I've never seen him pop is head up above the table like that. I thought he would move before I could snap the picture. :)) As for burned bits on the floor and (gasp!) the white rug...no, this is miniland where embers behave themselves. &#59;D
02/24/13 @ 12:47
Comment from: Irene [Visitor]
The tiled surround is a perfect backdrop for your stove and Jasper looks lovely - obviously desparate to get stuck in with that scroll saw!
02/26/13 @ 08:47
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you!!! :D
02/27/13 @ 11:12

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