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Old 07-26-2014, 03:13 PM
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Im trying to figure out the brick arch I want to build around the entrance to my oven. I bought some new red brick and my wife didnt like it so Ive to get some reclaimed bricks. Thats not a problem. I have and angle grinder with a diamond blade and I might be able to borrow a consaw.
1. Do most people build arches without cutting brick or is it essential to cut bricks to build a 'nice' arch?
2. If I want to build an arch with the minimum of cutting is it simply a matter of choosing a larger radius to achieve a gentel curve or is cutting essential to building a 'beautiful' arch?

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Old 07-26-2014, 05:17 PM
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The smaller the arch, the better it looks to cut wedges, as a rule. However, I didn't on my little arch, and even though I have big wedges of mortar, I like the look.
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Old 07-26-2014, 06:08 PM
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The smaller the arch, the better it looks to cut wedges, as a rule. However, I didn't on my little arch, and even though I have big wedges of mortar, I like the look.
Ditto - the only cutting I did was to shape my keystone.
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Old 07-27-2014, 03:00 AM
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Thanks guys!
Having checked out your arches I going to build with the minimum of cuts, hopefully just the keystone. I'm confident that it can look great this way, like yours do.

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Old 07-28-2014, 08:22 AM
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I have a total of 5 arches in my oven! Just like the others who commented, only the keystone was cut for the Pizza oven arches. For my wood storage arches there was no cutting - I used spacers to hold the bricks in place so they were equidistant from each other. After the mortar was in place and had set for an hour or so - then I pulled the spacers out.
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Old 07-29-2014, 12:34 PM
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I didn't even use a keystone....I used straight bricks all across. I built a Styrofoam form that supported the bricks while the mortar set. Then removed the form.

My mortar joints are tapered, rather than the bricks. see attached.
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Old 08-17-2014, 03:24 AM
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Arch complete and looks OK despite being slightly off square(dont think anyone will notice). Im happy with it anyway and thanks for the help guys. I only had to cut the keystone. Just has to be pointed now!
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Hi

we can build arches or we can build arches. It is all in the building as too what we want to achieve. I went for perfection. I.e minimal gaps in all bricks.

what works works if we want something that just works ok if w want perfection then we get perfection.
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Arch complete and looks OK despite being slightly off square(dont think anyone will notice
A semi circular arch cannot be "offsquare". How can a curved thing be off square? You must be hallucinatin'
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Old 08-17-2014, 08:23 AM
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A semi circular arch cannot be "offsquare". How can a curved thing be off square? You must be hallucinatin'
By off square, I mean the top keystone area doesn't rise plumb from the face of the base bricks. If I put a flat surface against the face of it the top few bricks wouldnt touch it.
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