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stonecutter 02-27-2013 06:01 PM

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I'm chronicling this build on my blog but I figured there are more wfo enthusiasts in here, so what's one more place.....

I wanted to do something a little different on this one, and since it's for me and not a client, the build has been dragging along...mainly because of unforeseen events. It looks like life will allow some progress on the oven right now though.

I started the base last year in late September. The first step was to build a brick Gothic vault, which will carry the weight of the masonry above, while providing a large open space for storage or just a view. The bricks came from a fireplace I remodeled, and they are antique, handmade ones from an old building in Charleston,SC. I dug out what little sod and topsoil there was and put a 6" base made of granite dust, 1/4"-fines, compacted in 2" lifts. There is no frost movement here, and its all clean sand for subsoil...super drainage here.

Here are some shots of the vault after it was built...I deleted all my pics off the gallery so as not to be too redundant.

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stonecutter 02-27-2013 06:04 PM

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After cleaning the brick, I went back and pointed it up.

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stonecutter 02-27-2013 06:10 PM

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The keystones are carved from reclaimed granite from a project I had done in New England the year before. They will be darkened up later to blend in with the brick better, and more carved elements are planned on the finishes too.

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stonecutter 02-27-2013 06:17 PM

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To complete the footprint of the oven base, each side of the vault will be covered in dry stonework. That step took me awhile, because I built it up and tore it down twice, one of the times I was halfway up on each side.

Finally got that part over with....

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Corner close up...

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stonecutter 02-27-2013 06:21 PM

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No mortar in the stonework at that point. Today, I mortared the top course to create a bond beam for cast concrete pieces that will cap the stonework. I also framed up a form to pour a slab which will support the oven. No pics but I'll shoot some tomorrow.

Next step will be to cut and tie rebar for the slab, then pour. I am mixing it bagged pre-mix on this one.

V-wiz 02-27-2013 09:57 PM

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I absolutly love the bricks and arch. Look forward to see the progress

stonecutter 03-01-2013 05:46 AM

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Hey Thanks VW. I'm no brick layer so I was happy with it too.

UtahBeehiver 03-01-2013 06:52 AM

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Very impressive craftmanship. Looking forward to seing the rest of the build

stonecutter 03-01-2013 10:44 AM

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Thanks Utah. I am working on prep for the slab to follow.

stonecutter 03-02-2013 01:34 PM

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Finished the bond beam and the form work for the slab yesterday. I plan on pouring it tomorrow or Monday.

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