Wood stove, part 4 - flickering LEDs

by brae  

Continuing work on the wood stove.

This is one of those instances where I knew I would be wiring the stove LEDs but did not plan ahead for it.  Why?  Who knows?!!  But, all was not lost!  It just took some extra steps.

I received the wider fire this week from Mainly Minis - a much better fit.

I drilled a hole in the back corner for the LED wires.

I used two orange flickering LEDs and a 3V battery adapter from Evan Designs.  This is the same setup used in the jack-o'-lantern, though for that I used only one.

I put the brick surround and stove in place (neither is glued) to determine where the wires would hit the brick base.

I marked the hole with a pencil onto the wood floor underneath.

I dabbed some paint onto the wires to mark the optimal position where the wires should come up from the floor.

The wire will run under the brick surround, through the wall into the bathroom, behind the baseboard and out the back.  I drilled a hole in the lower bathroom wall in the back, angled down so it would not mar the exterior siding.

I fed a length of wire through the hole in the back wall and then through the hole drilled in the dividing wall.  You can see where I started an indentation in the floor with my Dremel.  This is where the wires sit under the brick surround.

On the outside, the wire wraps around the back in the base foam and ends with the 3V battery adapter.  I will build something to house the switch and battery - probably a firewood storage box.  :]

I made the hole in the stove large enough so the LEDs can be inserted from the bottom.

I twisted the LEDs slightly apart, then twisted the wires together based on color.

I tested the LEDs to make sure I was connecting to the right extension wire.

I used shrink tubing to attach the wires and then taped them into the indentation in the floor.  The hole in the brick base is large enough to feed the LEDs through from underneath.

Test the LEDs again just to make sure, though I'm still not gluing the base in just yet.  I don't think there's anything left to do first, but there's no rush, either.  :D  You can see the paint mark for my optimal spot ended up being pretty close.

On the bathroom side, the wire fits into the groove in the baseboard (shown here using a scrap).  Ingenious design for this baseboard!  I wouldn't use it exclusively since it holds one wire without any shrink tubing on it.

And, now we have a lighted, flickering fire.

I do like this wider fire better.

Spring is not coming yet...we got buried in more snow today.  :\

16 comments

Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]
Oh yes, the wider fire is MUCH better. I'm fascinated by all of your steps to achieve the look. You are a true professional!! Great work. :)
02/26/13 @ 19:15
Comment from: April [Visitor]
The wider fire made a bigger impact than I though it would, good eye &#59;) I believe the remainder of that snow is currently burying my front steps :o
02/26/13 @ 19:51
Comment from: Mad for Mod [Visitor]
It looks great! I love seeing how you wire your houses. It gives me ideas! I still can't believe you made this out of mat board!
02/26/13 @ 20:06
Comment from: 12Create [Visitor]
The fire looks great Brae. I can see from all your steps it really pays to plan ahead from day 1 with regard to wiring etc. I guess you learn that with experience.
02/26/13 @ 21:32
Comment from: Elga [Visitor]
Fantastic Brae, I love the fire, it looks so realistic! Although with a very hot summer here, I feel no inclination to curl up in front of it with a book ;-)
02/26/13 @ 22:29
Comment from: liduina [Visitor]
You conceiled the wires very nicely and the stove looks great, especially with the lights burning.
02/27/13 @ 00:09
Comment from: Wyrna Christensen [Visitor]  
Your blog news does not come automatically when I go into my blogger profile, you have long been "away to me", but that is apparently how it works with some blog. I'm about to get a little overview of all this blogging something, and I see you has been nominated as a reader choice, I wish you good luck. Now I have found your blog again, I can see there are several hours of reading. Thank you for that you so willing share of your knowledge. Hugs and good luck Wyrna
02/27/13 @ 01:08
Comment from: Architecture of Tiny Distinction [Visitor]
HI Brae, I just LOVE your sideboard that featured in the background. I love mid-century and am very jealous! Also, I love your step by step pics, makes reading so enjoyable!
02/27/13 @ 01:34
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
I love the picture of the drill bit exiting just below the siding...you show off &#59;D
02/27/13 @ 01:44
Comment from: Kathi [Visitor]
Love how this turned out! Looks SO real! Where did you find that baseboard? I guess I could use my Dremel to make the groove but this is much better! I also want to tell you that your drawing for the bathroom is awesome! A personal touch that really makes the room! Nice work!
02/27/13 @ 05:15
Comment from: brae [Member]
:>> Thanks so much, everyone!!! The baseboard is from miniatures.com. The taller baseboard from Manchester Woodworks that was used in the Heritage also has this feature. This is the first time I've used it. :yes:
02/27/13 @ 07:13
Comment from: Irene [Visitor]
The wider coals are much better and give such a lovely effect. I also like the little block details on the right hand corner of the door. Tiny but effective.
02/27/13 @ 07:26
Comment from: Kikka [Visitor]
The fire looks great!
02/27/13 @ 14:27
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
The wider fire looks so much better. Thanks once again for a clear tutorial on wiring. I don't think I can ever get enough of these tutorials, Brae!
02/27/13 @ 18:16
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! :D
02/27/13 @ 19:33
Comment from: María Luisa [Visitor]
Me parece un blog original , interesante y con buen planteamiento y desarrollo del trabajo. Felicitaciones
03/02/13 @ 15:19


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