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Default Did you make a straight (no arches) oven opening/vent?

Since I'm in the remedial WFO building class, I'm not sure if I'm going to keep it simple and make a straight oven opening and (no arches) or go for the gold and make arches that I'm guessing will not be so pretty, and most likely will push my build into a winter delay. Also, I only have a tile saw, so it seems it will be harder to make precision cuts. If you went with the straight entry/vent, please post a link to your build. I'd like to see how it looks to help me decide if it's worth the effort, or if I can live without curves. I see tons of beautifully executed arches on the forum, but none of the simpler options. I want to take my time, since the oven will be around for years, but it's already been about 2.5 years since I poured the foundation slab, and I haven't even cut the hearth bricks yet!
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:52 PM
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Jim,

In the beginning a straight entry was the method (may still be that way in the plans). An arch is really easy to do. Just cut a wooden template the way you want the brick and rest them on top with mortar. In regard to your saw, I suggest you invest in a Harbor Freight saw. You can always dump it on Craig's list after your build. You will find that even the 10 inch blade will have some limitations.
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Thanks for the inspiration. Arch it is. My main hesitation was that I thought the transition bricks to an arch would be more difficult than with a straight opening (rather than the actual arch). I'm having a hard time envisioning that part it in my head, so I hope it'll be clearer once I use real bricks instead of mental ones.

And I will use your post to justify buying the HF saw to my wife. Maybe we need another forum category, 'WFO Building and Marital Issues.'
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Arches are easy, just take your time and set it out properly before you actually build it.
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Gudday
Couldn't agree more with Les and Brickies comments
Failed in my first arch attempt and built a staight opening but ended up building an arch into my entranceway.
What helped was I made 2 guides, scewed battens on the first then screwed the secound onto the battens. Put a saw cut through the thickness of both forms leaving the battens to hold them together. After your finished your arch you just unsrew everything and it comes out easily.

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