I've just made an Inglenook / alcove for a customer to fit a kitchen range I previously sold to her and I thought it might be useful to take a few photos and document the process for the benefit of others.
This one is made from 4mm laser cut plywood. I started with a CAD drawing that I sent to a friend Lazercutz who laser cut it for me and then I assembled the parts using a simple right angle jig to keep everything square.
I needed to keep everything lightweight because it's being posted abroad so I used a bit of square balsa wood to support the corners and provide rigidity.
|Top view showing assembly|
I coated it all in a thin layer of very fine polyfiller to give a plaster effect finish and painted it with emulsion. White for the plaster and a light grey in the alcove to act as a grout colour.
|Plaster effect finish, painted|
I made a lintel - again, to keep the weight down I veneered a bit of jelutong with oak veneer and made it a bit deeper on one edge to fit into the alcove to look as though the lintel actually fits into the chimney.
|Oak veneered lintel|
|Lintel and brick versi-slips|
It was built to fit a specific house but it's approximately 8" high, 6" wide and 1.25" deep with an alcove 4" x 4" to fit one of the Phoenix Model kitchen range kits.
|Finished chimney breast|
I hope the tutorial is useful.
PS. Custom alcoves / chimney breasts are now available on my website.