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Old 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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Old 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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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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Old 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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Old 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 myself...no bagged pre-mix on this one.
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I absolutly love the bricks and arch. Look forward to see the progress
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Hey Thanks VW. I'm no brick layer so I was happy with it too.
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Very impressive craftmanship. Looking forward to seing the rest of the build
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Thanks Utah. I am working on prep for the slab next...pics to follow.
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Old 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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