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Old 07-22-2010, 04:12 PM   #1
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flooring around a fireplace.


My next flooring project will be a room with a fireplace. The wood is solid 2 1/4" wide by 3/4" oak that I'll be nailing down. My plan is to start the first row at the fireplace and work outward from there. Then when then floor is down insert a spline in the grove on both ends of the fireplace and backfill to the left and to the right of the fireplace. Is this the best way? My thinking is that if I start on the opposite wall I may end up with the strip next to the fireplace not being a full 2 1/4" piece. Thoughts?

Next question. Which way would you frame the fireplace? I arranged some small boards on the floor so that I could visualize both.

#1 ?


or #2?


or maybe there is a better way that I'm not thinking of.

Thanks.

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Old 07-24-2010, 05:42 PM   #2
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I'd suggest framing it with three rows like your second pic and then doing your idea of splining the flooring.

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2nd way is the way the wood floor around my fireplace was put down
I think it looks better
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Old 07-25-2010, 02:23 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. I think I like #2 as well. I never thought of doing the picture frame more then once. I think I have to cut some scraps to see how that looks.

I do have a follow up question. Is an undercut of the stone on the fireplace necessary? I've read some posts that say yes and others that say no. The stone is only1 1/4" thick so if I under cut 3/4", I won't have much material left.
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