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I am a new stay at home Dad. Is the best job in the universe, really.
But I had to find something to earn a little which fitted in with the Boy.
Have built a big shed/workshop and kitted out with some bits and bobs. Upgrading as I go.
Have managed to get a couple of lovely orders for French Oak fireplace surround and bookcases etc but really am still a novice.
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Any help advice welcome
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I worked in a mantle shop for about 6 months a few years ago. My first suggestion is to check local building codes on clearances, materials, etc. You can build a spectacular fireplace surround but if the customer runs afoul of his insurance company because it doesn't meet code, it could put you out of business very quickly. My second suggestion is to make sure your design is well balanced to its surroundings. If you can find books at the library on mantle building it would be a good idea to read them.

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I worked in a mantle shop for about 6 months a few years ago. My first suggestion is to check local building codes on clearances, materials, etc. You can build a spectacular fireplace surround but if the customer runs afoul of his insurance company because it doesn't meet code, it could put you out of business very quickly. My second suggestion is to make sure your design is well balanced to its surroundings. If you can find books at the library on mantle building it would be a good idea to read them.
Have already installed 1st fireplace
I am up on local codes etc
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