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  • As long as you are aware of what happens by having the pivot point off the elevation of the floor. If you use as is, the dome will be higher at the apex by the distance the pivot point is off the floor elevation. This config will make a tapered inner arch interface not mate very well . If you make sure the IT is adjusted to meet the internal radius consistently (IE 36" ID oven = 18" radius) on each course, then you probably get away with the current IT setup. Don't let impatientness cloud your work. Once the bricks go down it is difficult to correct.
    Russell
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    • Hello fellow builders! Today's question is wet saw diamond blade selection - namely, is there a recommended brand that balanced blade longevity and price?

      I am back working on my project after a long pause, and today am focused on cutting bricks for the opening arch. After working for a few hours I am back on hold again as my 10" continuous rim diamond blade purchased at Harbor Freight is worn out. That's the second blade (first was lightly used) so at my present rate I estimate maybe 10+ blades to finish my 42" oven. At $40/each, its ok, but would I be better off buying a higher quality blade?

      Appreciate the advice!
      My build thread: https://community.fornobravo.com/for...-pdx-42-update

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      • I just went with the HF blades. Think I went through two of them for my 39" oven. It was back when you could get 20% off coupons any time you needed them
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        • I've been reading up on this and it may be that I am being too agressive on my cutting and overheating the blade.
          My build thread: https://community.fornobravo.com/for...-pdx-42-update

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          • Click image for larger version  Name:	20221119_145155.jpg Views:	24 Size:	495.2 KB ID:	450916 Click image for larger version  Name:	20221120_135725.jpg Views:	15 Size:	616.3 KB ID:	450917 Click image for larger version  Name:	20221119_160057.jpg Views:	15 Size:	515.2 KB ID:	450918 Back at it this weekend, with sunny, windy and cold weather in Portland, just a few degrees above freezing! But with long underwear, hat and waterproof gloves there were no problems operating the wet saw! Still going through the blades, though...I bought 2 new continuous rim diamond blades from HF and used one completely just to nearly finish cutting the wedge bricks for the opening arch. I wonder if my bricks are extra hard, or if I'm doing something wrong. But I've decided not to worry too much about it.

            I have a question on the inside of the opening arch before I continue. Notice on the photo below I've drawn a pencil line marking the 21" radius from the center of my oven, and that line is about 1/8" above the bottom edge of my keystone brick. Does that represent a problem? Is my opening arch too far forward?

            As far as next steps are concerned, my next step is to cut the backs of the opening arch bricks according to illustrations provided by mongota & JRPizza around post 132 in my build thread.
            Last edited by Macrinehart; 11-21-2022, 06:46 PM.
            My build thread: https://community.fornobravo.com/for...-pdx-42-update

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            • Haven't been able to work on the oven for the past couple days but I've been thinking about cutting those arch bricks where they intersect the dome and wondering about the process for marking the lines I need to cut. This is probably a challenge that's been solve 1,000 times but I've had trouble visulizing how to mark the plane I need to cut through the back of the brick.

              I think I have the approach. Borrowing this picture from JRPizza, I'm visualizing the radial line as a laser line aimed from outside the dome to intersect with my arch brick at the point where the back of the brick intersects the dome and also centers on the pivot point of my IT. If I get all this lined up correctly I should be able to use the cross pattern on my laser level to mark the plane of this cut on the surface of the brick as shown in this 2D view. The only other thought I had is that my cross sight should, as close as possible, be tangetial to the opening arch where it intersects the oven dome to mark the correct line on the brick.

              Of course, this has to be done on each side of the brick to mark the correct plane. My thought there is to just use the laser to mark the line on the top face, while using the cut edge of each brick to mark the opposite face.

              Hopefully this ramble makes sense. I welcome other thoughts if this approach is over complicating things

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              • Here is a link to how I did it on a segmental arch, but, the concept is the same. Simmental Farm 36".
                Joe Watson " A year from now, you will wish that you had started today" My Build Album / My Build

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                • Thank you Gulf.

                  Unfortunately the laser level I planned to use is missing so I ended up using a different level that has an alarm when the base is out of balance...that was a little anoying .

                  Since I could rotate the level I ended up just using the vertical line to paint a plane that intersect the pivot point and IR mark on the brick. I've attached a photo sequence that shows the lines I've marked so far.... first picture illustrates lining the level line up. Picturs 2-5 show the resulting lines. With each brick the point where my plane intersects with the outside of opening arch moves further forward. This seem like the opposite of what I expected.

                  If these look incorrect to experienced eyes please let me know. Thanks!

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                  • The best cut is not a ray from the center of the dome. The best cut imo is a line drawn from a set reveal on the inner arch brick inside the dome out to where the outside diameter of the dome brick will intersect the arch. A ray shot from the center point of the dome will yield some over cutting and some under cutting of the inner arch.
                    Joe Watson " A year from now, you will wish that you had started today" My Build Album / My Build

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                    • That makes sense! Thank you Gulf!
                      My build thread: https://community.fornobravo.com/for...-pdx-42-update

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                      • What also worked for me is to think about the surface (plane) you are talking about as the bottom of a dome brick, not the top of the arch brick. I cut the angle on the arch a little shallower so the dome brick would not sit flat but touch along the ID and have a gap on the OD for mortar like the other dome bricks.
                        Just think - next Thanksgiving you will be able to cook your meal in your new oven!
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                        • What I do not see is the internal curvature of the arc bricks (red line) only the ID and OD of the bricks. See attached. A tapered inner arch is one of the difficult concept to visualize but your IT is key to setting all the angles. Click image for larger version

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                          Russell
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                          • Can't wait to use the oven next year! I am cooking Thanksgiving dinner now and thinking about how can use my future oven! This is definately my top holiday of the year! Today's menu, roasted Turkey - this year with a herb mayonaise spread on the bird - homemade stuffing with dried cranberries and toast hazenuts, featuring my sourdough bread for the crutons! Cranberry sauce with a bit of orange juice and a cinimon stick, mashed potatoes, giblet and pan dripping gravy, homemade Parker House rolls, and blanched green beans (because something has to be green), and pumpkin pie with no-shortening crust. Traditionally our family has creamed onions too, but we took a vote this year and they didn't make the cut.

                            This year I'm a bit ahead of schedule so I'll get a couple hours to work on the oven! Yesterday I managed to breakaway from Thanksgiving prep to take care of a couple oven action items - first doing a little upgrade on my IT...the original had a pivot a little above the plane of the oven floor, the new one should be pretty flush. I will remark the opening arch and with this change it will probably have to move an inch or 2 inside the oven. Finally, based on @Gulf's guidance I now have a very clear idea of how to mark the radial lines on the bricks so I'll get that done (I was definately over thinking it before). If I have time I'll start cutting the back of the bricks. I'll send pictures and an update later!

                            In other news, my dad had some alder trees blow down in a fall storm, so I've been invited to cut my fill of alder and start drying it for oven fuel.

                            Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
                            My build thread: https://community.fornobravo.com/for...-pdx-42-update

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                            • Here's a quick update. The enhanced IT uses a fixed caster wheel that is anchored to a cut down brick throught the center mount with three washers, 2 underneigth, one over, and liberal application of 3:1 household oil between the washers so that thw caster can rotate easily. I drilled a 3/8" x 3" threaded rod into the caster wheel and then secured a coupling nut on that rod all the way to the wheel. My IT is made with 1/2" copper pipe. It happens that a 1/2" copper coupling joint fits snuggly over the coupling nut. The other end of the IT also has a coupling nut, with a 3/8"x18" threaded rod and a couple wing nuts to help lock the threaded rod. I mounted this to my center brick and then ripped that bieck with the wet saw to ensure the caster wheel hub is centered at the oven floor height. I used the excess of the center brick to replace a couple bricks in the floor so that my caster can rotate without obstruction.

                              After all this I remeasured the opening arch position and it turns out I had to pull the arch toward the center of the oven 2" to correctly intersect with the dome at the IR! I think this discrepancy was a direct result of my prior IR Pivot, with was about a half inch above the floor.

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                              • How do you have your arch form located? The arch form can serve two purposes - to keep the arch round and level, and to "index" the arch bricks so they are in the proper fore/aft orientation and create a flat planar surface for a door to seal against. It looks to me like your form is too far back to index against which will make it a little harder to keep the forward face of the bricks in the proper location? Moving it outboard will also help you see what is going on in your dome arch interface.
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