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  1. #1
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    Fireplace Screen

    One of the projects over the years that I always wanted to build was a fireplace screen. I never built one because I didn't know how to weld. I took a CE welding class at the local CC last year and the rest is history. I decided on a screen like most you see online, a main front and then winged sides. Dimensions are 30"x30" for the front and 12"x30" for the wings.

    Wings:





    Front:



    Front and wings:



    Tack Tack (most of the welds were tacks and I fully welded the front face. With everything being 1/2" 16ga tubing, it doesn't take much.





    I ordered the fireplace screen and when it came in I was a little unsure as to how I was going to attach it to the frame. I did some research and it seemed most people use washers or something similar to hold the screen to the frame. But the screen wasn't as rigid as I thought it was going to be. Plus, I couldn't see me having enough hands to hold the screen, washer, pull the screen tight and then tack the washer. So I came up with another idea. I picked up some 1/2" flat bar and made some strapping to replicate the frame. I then drilled holes about 3" apart all the way around the frame and used self tapping screws to tighten everything down. This worked out much better and I was able to get the screen pretty tight. There's a couple waves still left in it but as you can see by the pics they are hard to spot.

    Strapping mockup





    Last edited by Bruiser; 11-08-2018 at 08:33 PM.

  2. #2
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    Re: Fireplace Screen

    Holes drilled



    Installed!








  3. #3
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    Re: Fireplace Screen

    nice job Bruiser.. simple but perfect for the job\... best thing I ever did was convert my wood burning fireplace to gas logs... retired my wedges and sledge !!!

    you Texicans love those stars don't you...

    john

  4. #4
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    Re: Fireplace Screen

    Thanks! Yep, the Lone Star State and all... They actually sell those at the local metal supply store in a few different sizes for a couple bucks each. They are cast so I just tacked them.
    Last edited by Bruiser; 11-08-2018 at 08:50 PM.

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    Re: Fireplace Screen

    Nice !!

  6. #6
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    Re: Fireplace Screen

    Nice work, next thing you know you'll have a garage full of working welders and your wife will be asking why you need them all (I have 6 stick welders, one engine driven) welcome to the addiction

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    Re: Fireplace Screen

    Good job on the fireplace screen. I made one a couple of years ago. I started with angle iron but ended up adding tube to keep it from flexing after adding the flat pieces.

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  8. #8
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    Re: Fireplace Screen

    Nice screen, I really like the design.

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    Re: Fireplace Screen

    Quote Originally Posted by colindstark View Post
    Nice work, next thing you know you'll have a garage full of working welders and your wife will be asking why you need them all
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    True.


    Nice job bruiser



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