I need help with a project.
A little background; I promise the end will involve me cutting wood:
I had right at 4000 square feet of 3/4” figured hard maple installed in my house about six months ago. It took about two months to be delivered, a month to acclimate, and about 2 months for them to install. I also had the stairs and bannister re-done at the same time. At the start of the job, I had enough flush-mount figured maple floor vents made, as well as a number of 3 foot wide or so return vents.
The floor vents came in on time and I was very happy with them. They screwed up the order on the returns and they wouldn’t arrive well after the workers put the last buffing on the floors. I canceled the order.
But now, I have a shop ;)
1) Has anyone ever done this with any success? They’ll have to at least match the fit and finish of the professional ones (quite high, in my opinion).
2) I have a mixture of woods in my log home: walls cedar, floors maple, stairs oak, cabinets hickory, some butcher block, some pine, some cherry…you name it…lot’s of wood. I have available to me hickory and hard maple (most appropriate of the woods I have). What wood should I choose? Of note, I had 2” cherry blinds installed throughout the house and saved all the trimmings (a 2 foot tall stack of 2” x 1/8” x 48”). I’d like to use these for the slats, to avoid milling.
3) I’ve got your standard power and hand line-up. What methods should I choose? Like I said above, I’d like to use the thin cherry slats out of convenience. Correct me if this is incorrect.
Im shooting for something like this, real simple:
I’m thinking an inside frame mounted with parallelogram slat supports and a decorative face frame. Any other thoughts?
Thanks for reading this long post. I promise to blog about the construction and results!
-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog