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Old 05-01-2013, 08:31 AM
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Very very nice!
Beautiful functional art!
Really!



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Old 05-09-2013, 04:35 PM
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Sharkey! You're back!

Awesome build, and great photo updates on your WFO counters. Keep up the good work. Congrats!

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Old 05-12-2013, 02:58 PM
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Thanks for the encouragement guys.

I have been doing more work on my enclosure. I wasnít exactly sure how it was going to work so I have not purchased all the bits I need until I work it out.

After shaping my timber counter to fit the uneven shape of the rock I knew that cutting corrugated iron to fit neatly with the rock would be very difficult. Also, I wanted to cut it to fit around the oven arch, without it actually touching the bricks, but then I would need a way to hide the gap between the iron and the arch. Anyway, I came up with this.

I decided to make a decorative arch that would hide the edge of the corrugated iron, but it would need to extend back beyond the front of the oven a bit. My first idea was to use some nice bricks and cut them to shape. Then I thought about buying some sandstone pavers and cutting them up. But in the end I decided that natural, weathered sandstone would be perfect so I started searching around my place for some suitable flat sandstone rocks. I ended up with seven rocks cut something like this:




I had a sheet of the mini corrugated iron so before I fastened the decorative arch I wanted to cut the iron to fit around arch. But I also needed to make it fit the natural rock neatly, which is a much bigger challenge. So, after some more work with the angle grinder I had this:




And here are most of the pieces just sitting in place. Cutting the iron to fit the rock on the left was challenging to say the least. I roughly cut a cardboard template, then traced that (with improvements) onto another cardboard template. When I had that fitting ok I traced that onto a sheet of plywood and cut with a jigsaw. I then shaped that until it fit perfectly, and then traced that onto the corrugated iron.




This was enough to demonstrate that my idea was feasible so I fastened the decorative arch in place and then ground the inside edge to match the brick arch.

Here is the finished decorative arch with one sheet of the corrugated iron resting in place.



I am really pleased with how it looks and very satisfied with how neat the finish between the rock and the iron is.

I now have a plan for the rest of the job. I need to build a small pier where the pile of bricks is in the top left corner. I also need to buy some metal studs so that I donít have timber anywhere near the chimney.
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Gudday
That sandstone arch is very very handsome addition to the build. You should be chuffed I recon !!!!

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very nice!
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Old 05-14-2013, 04:41 PM
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Wow - I think enclosing it will spoil it...

sorry - but the rocks behind it look awesome.
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:10 PM
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Wow - I think enclosing it will spoil it...

sorry - but the rocks behind it look awesome.
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Sharkeys build is basically tucked in a sandstone cave in a sandstone cliff.
I would like him to give us a pic of the view away from the oven and possibly a longer view shot of the oven and surrounds.
Would you mind Sharkey ?

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Old 05-14-2013, 07:09 PM
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Wow - I think enclosing it will spoil it...

sorry - but the rocks behind it look awesome.
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Sharkeys build is basically tucked in a sandstone cave in a sandstone cliff.
I would like him to give us a pic of the view away from the oven and possibly a longer view shot of the oven and surrounds.
Would you mind Sharkey ?

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Daves right. The oven is built into a big rock outcrop with an overhang that is right next to my house. There will still be plenty of rock visible.

Because it has been built into a cave (as Dave puts it) it needs an enclosre to keep the water out. When it rains the water seeps down the rocks and gets under the floor of the oven. I need to catch all the water and divert it away from the cave.

I will take some photos, but it could be a couple of weeks before I get a chance, so here is one from early in my build thread that shows the extent of the rock and the location of the oven area next to my house. The oven is located against the vertical rock that is behind the tree on the left. The enclosure actually won't hide much of the rock at all.

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Old 09-10-2013, 02:44 PM
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Beautiful oven and location!
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Old 10-02-2013, 11:07 AM
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Hi Sharkey, I just want to add my admiration for your build, from start to finish it just gets better.

I intend to copy your vent and flue which I think is great.

Not many builds on here have use of a jack hammer, you must the have patience of a saint.

Well done, your an inspiration to us lesser mortals.
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