Wood stove hearth plate from stainless steel
The house we moved into had a large area of bricks in the floor for the wood stove. But this was a tripping hazard and also much larger than needed. so we got rid of most of this before I refinished the floor.
With winter coming, we needed something to replace that with.
Then drilling holes to screw the plate down on the floor. This stuff is very hard to drill. I had to sharpen the drill several times before I finished the 16 holes. I used a larger drill bit to add a countersink to all the holes.
Getting rid of the last bit of remaining hearth base - the part that was directly under the stove, which I just left in place earlier. I didn't refinish that part of the floor because it would be hidden under the new hearth plate.
The bricks were only mortared onto the wood floor. Not the best way to do it, but I was glad it was done that way because the bricks were easy to remove and the mortar came off the varnished floor easily.
I'm happy with how it turned out, and it wasn't that much work. But the metal was expensive - I paid about $160 for this piece, which, per square foot, cost about as much as installed hardwood flooring!
Making firewood with a bandsaw (video only)
Burning sawdust in a
wood stove (video only)