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post #1 of 12 Old 10-26-2016, 06:45 AM Thread Starter
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Hello,

I've been searching fruitlessly, mostly via ebay, for a while for a wooden fireplace surround to fit perfectly around our oddly sized opening. I've found a really lovely fireplace surround but its too wide. Can anyone advise if it would be at all possible to cut a portion out of the centre and glue the two sides back together, or is that just madness? (possible/still looks nice)

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Welcome to the site, Maggie.
Pictures? If the surround is ornate, then chopping the middle out is probably impossible.

Need to see what you're speaking of before recommending a solution.
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Hey, thanks for the reply! Yeh it is sadly...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2016996648...&sojTags=bu=bu
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That mantel piece might be "adjustable".
It is possible that it is not glued together. The corner pieces might be removable and that would allow the top piece to be shortened and reassembled to fit your fireplace.
If it's all glued together, it will be harder, but not impossible.
You wouldn't need to cut from the center and put a noticeable seam in it.

I suppose you won't know unless you buy it and get your hands on it.
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Hey, thanks for the reply! Yeh it is sadly...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2016996648...&sojTags=bu=bu
Are you handy enough to build one? The ornamentation is just trim and applique's. I'm not sure about shipping but Van Dyke Restorers carries all the carved parts needed to do that.
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If you buy that one ...

You have 2 choices:
1. You only need to "shorten one end, not both ends and do not cut it in the center.
2. You can add material to the inside of the mantle to decrease the width. You would want some decorative moldings that will match OR just some plain stock that won't be obtrusive visually.

If you can't do the modifications, I'm pretty sure a qualified wood shop would take on the project. If the price is right, you will save some money over buying a new one. Architectural salvage stores is where you would look for more reclaimed mantles or the equivalent of a Habitat Recycle shop.



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Hey, thanks for the reply! Yeh it is sadly...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2016996648...&sojTags=bu=bu

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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Kregs video shows how to make a mantelpiece from MDF.
Me. I paid $250 here in UK for a small one made from MDF. Complete with Electric Fire.

http://www.argos.co.uk/product/2781860


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Thanks for all your answers! I actually went to see it tonight and I think shortening it looks pretty doable. What do you guys think?
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That's a farly "modular" piece. I believe it was made to be adjustable. So, if the outside dimensions are acceptable, you could just adjust the inner dimensions (as Woodnthings mentioned) to fit the opening.
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Maggie,
On brick or tiled faced fireplaces, it is common to have a brick or tile reveal between the firebox and the mantel. If it fit the hole perfectly, the wooden mantel would get too hot and catch on fire.
Maybe I don't understand your problem.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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It would be a help to see the fireplace this unit is intended for, there may a way to adapt it rather than cutting it apart.

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Wooden trim around fireplaces are, ninety percent of the time, scratch built by carpenters.

"When I have your wounded." -- Major Charles L. Kelley, callsign "Dustoff", refusing to recognize that an LZ was too hot, moments before before being killed by a single shot, July 1, 1964.
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