How to Build Brick Quoining

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Brick quoining is an attractive way to add detail to the corners of your brick structure. It is not a difficult project if you are familiar with brick laying techniques. The quoining gives the appearance of cornerstones found in many older buildings or those with unusual architectural features. The quoining is often done with bricks that are a slightly different color than the others to make the detail stand out even more in the structure. Some people use quoins only in one area, while others incorporate them at intervals up the length of the corner of the building.

Things You'll Need

  • Protective work gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Circular saw
  • Masonry blade
  • Prepared mortar
  • Trowel
  • Bricks
  • Brick quoins
  • Draw a design of how you want your brick quoining in the corners of the structure.

  • Count the number of bricks you need to cut in half.

  • Put on protective work gloves and safety goggles. Cut the bricks in half with a circular saw and a masonry blade.

  • Apply mortar with a trowel onto a half brick wherever you want the quoining, then set the brick into the course. This leaves a space to place the brick quoins, thus adding decor and additional support to the corners.

  • Lay all the standard and half bricks. Apply additional mortar to the backside, end sections, top and bottom of the quoins, then add the quoins to the corners.

  • Push the quoins into place and scrape the excess mortar off with the trowel.

Tips & Warnings

  • Quoins are available in L-shapes, or you can combine two standard quoins to create an L-shape around the corner.
  • Some building supply houses sell half-bricks, or you can ask them to cut some for you.
  • Some people use white or off-white quoins to enhance the architectural feature on darker colored brickwork.
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