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Everywhere you look online someone is building a fireplace. I am very grateful for that. This project has been on my to-do list since we moved in. I felt we needed a central point of contact to divide up the dining and living areas. So why not make the wrong fireplace? Only at that point I didn't know how to do it and Alex was fine, let's say cautiously with the idea. He's more of a traditionalist. You say chimney, he thinks mantelpiece, brick chimney, chimney fire.
When Bosch asked me to try their tools, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to finally build my dream fireplace. Fortunately, more adventurous bloggers than I built false chimneys, so I had plenty of pictures and tutorials to show him that this was possible. I (/ many other bloggers) convinced him and the project went! And you know what, he loves it! He even told me, in his own words … "It is much better than I imagined."
The archway design was the hardest part, but I'm not easy to defeat and started the frame with a vague idea of how this might work. I really like solving these problems while building them. I'm not a planner – and when I plan, I usually change things as I go. What happened to this project? Much. Hopefully I made all the mistakes so you don't have to! You can thank me later.
It still needs some finishing touches, but I can't wait to share this with you! Here is the tutorial:
- CLS Studwork Timber – 38 x 63 x 2400 (I used about 10 of them)
- 75mm wood screws
- 55mm wood screws
- Skim off the plaster
- Taping knife
- abrasive paper
- Build the frame.
Okay, that can change depending on the size of your fireplace and where you put it. In other words, prepare to be flexible. I haven't added any dimensions, but for reference my fireplace is 120 cm wide. The Bosch Zamo is very practical when it comes to precisely measuring your room – especially the room height!
I built the bigger part of the frame first. These were three horizontal bars that were sandwiched between vertical bars – 2 on each side. Place two vertical bars and place the horizontal bars on top. Make sure all rays are straight and level. Drill two holes in the horizontal bars into which you want to screw with the screw Bosch AdvancedImpact 18, Then use the 75mm screws through both parts on the connection.
Once all the parts are attached, add the second vertical bars above the top.
Attach them to the wall with clips and strong dowels.
Build a smaller frame for the lower part of the fireplace. You must leave a large gap for the bow in the front. Attach this to the larger frame.
- Prepare the bow.
Build a frame the same size as the opening in the front and attach it directly behind to the rear frame.
Measure the depth of the fireplace and add the depth of the plasterboard to this measurement. Then measure the size of the opening in the front and double it. Cut a piece of hardboard with these dimensions. Bend into the arch in the opening and hold it on the frame with clamps.
Attach the hardwood to the frame with smaller wood screws. Cut and add more hardwood to the bottom of the arch to finish.
- Complete the fireplace.
Grind the edges of the frame with the grinder Bosch PSM 18 LI and cover with plasterboard, cut to size and screw tight. Use two plasterboards to cover the front of the fireplace. Position the first so that half of it is in the middle. Pull along the arch from the inside. Place the wall on a flat surface. Draw another line about 3 mm outside the first.
Before cutting, make sure the surface under the wall is protected. Use a retractable knife to cut the round edge very carefully! Don't try to make a deep cut. Apply light pressure along the curve line and keep your fingers away from the blade! Take your time and you will get a neat line.
After the wall is cut in two, use the large part on the front of the frame and the smaller part on the inside of the arch.
- Fill in any large gaps with polyfiller. Then plaster over the joints and screws. Sand and paint any unevenness.
I just have to mention (don't judge me), but I really loved cleaning it up Bosch UniversalVac, These big projects can get very messy, so a cordless handheld vacuum that you can use to clean up makes life a lot less dusty, if not easier! And Ollen pretended that it was a leaf blower that was entertaining all round!
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