Firehearth Mistakes and Corrections

 

for H.M.S. Fly

 

The 'eye' is a good arbiter of what looks correct or incorrect, and having fitted the base of the firehearth it was apparent a further fire grate bar should have been fitted, so the strip of wood below the bottom fire bar needed to be removed Figure P1.

Figure P1 - Strip of wood will need to be removed
Figure P1 - Strip of wood will need to be removed

Using a fine paint brush, water is applied to the wood until completely sodden Figure P2.

Figure P2 - Water applied to wood strip with fine paint brush
Figure P2 - Water applied to wood strip with fine paint brush

A small amount of folded tissue is then laid along the strip of wood and more water is applied, so the tissue is saturated Figure P3. This is then left for approximately 30 minutes, and the front strip of wood can be eased away Figure P4, and completely removed Figure P5.

Figure P3 - Wet tissue is placed on wood strip
Figure P3 - Wet tissue is placed on wood strip

Figure P4 - Front strip of wood can be eased away
Figure P4 - Front strip of wood can be eased away

Figure P5 - Strip of wood removed
Figure P5 - Strip of wood removed

The additional fire bar is added and the strip of wood at the front is reduced in width and re-glued into position Figure P6.

Figure P6 - Additional fire bar added and the front strip of wood re-glued
Figure P6 - Additional fire bar added and the front strip of wood re-glued

Again this shows the advantages of using a water soluble P.V.A. adhesive, as if mistakes are made there is a good chance they can be rectified, without too much damage being done.

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