Furniture and fireplace fittings for home cabinetmakers and amateur metal workers, pp. 452-457
FURNITURE AND FIREPLACE FITTINGS rivets are hammered tight the asbestos will be pressed in hard between the metal joints, making the hood absolutely tight. A 2-inch angle iron is fitted all around the fireplace opening and the hood is set into this frame and screwed through it to the brick. The edge of the hood is reinforced by a similar iron, and if a touch of deco- ration is required an embossed pattern may be hammered at the top of each of the side panels. This hood is intended for a very large fireplace opening of the kind that is com- ing more and more into use, but it can be made to fit any sized opening quite as well. We have given no dimensions, because in each case the hood is to be fitted to the particular fireplace for which it is made, but this design can be adapted to almost any size or shape, the hood, of course, being either fastened to the chimneypiece above, or made shorter to fit a lower open- ing. A similar latitude may be used in making the andirons, which also in this case are intended for a large fireplace. They can be made quite as easily with the dimensions all reduced in proportion. The extra long poker and shovel are, of course, for use in a fireplace where the heat is radiated from the hood to such a degrec that it is not comfortable to stand very close to it or to brush against it in mend- ing the fire. If the hood were merely fastened to the brick or stone of the chimneypiece above the fireplace opening, it would not radiate so much heat, and the ordinary length of shovel and poker could quite as well be used, although these long FIREPLACE FITTINGS. ones are much more decorative as adjuncts to a fireplace large enough to take in good- sized logs. To finish the surface of the iron and prevent it from rusting, the best and sim- plest method is to clean off the roughest part of the surface with an emery cloth and then rub over the whole piece with a cloth dipped in prepared floor wax. Let this wax burn into the metal as it will and when the iron shows signs of rusting clean off the worst of the rust with the emery cloth and give the piece another coat of wax. It is not advisable to take off the rust entirely, because under the wax treatment it adds great charm to the color of the iron.
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