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Wooden Return Vents for Air Conditioning #3: Assembly and finishing

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Blog entry by Bertha posted 1104 days ago 1446 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: making a jig for the slat support Part 3 of Wooden Return Vents for Air Conditioning series Part 4: Done and installed; Four more to go »

Out of the clamps and ready for slat installation. I notched both fronts of each slat so that the leading edge meets the face; I just nibbled on the TS, too lazy to make another jig, but I might for the next few.

I made them about 1/32 too thick & I’ll knock the width down with a block plane. I want snug, but not tight enough to fracture the supports.

Got them all in.

Seal coat of 1lb. amber shellac

I’ll knock it down with 400 then a couple coats of wipe poly

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog



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SPalm

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#1 posted 1104 days ago

Nice. Don’t show this solution to my wife please. It looks great.

Thought of prefinishing the slats before installing them in the frame?

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Bertha

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#2 posted 1103 days ago

Thanks guys! Steve, I thought about prefinishing but I was hoping that the shellac would act a bit like glue. The slats are friction fit only. I also wanted to just get this project done so I can turn the machines off and get to some handtooling. If it were furniture, I would have approached it quite differently. They’re going in a log home, so I intentionally left some tearout, some thick shellac points, and one streak of spalt. I’m considering making shutters for my shop windows with these jigs using firewood. Thanks for looking!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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WayneC

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#3 posted 1103 days ago

They look great Al. Looking forward to seeing some photos of them installed.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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David Grimes

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#4 posted 1103 days ago

Very nice, Al. I bet these will look great in the log home. Not that it matters, but are they for wall or ceiling installation ?

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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superstretch

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#5 posted 1103 days ago

I thought.. man.. those would look great at my house.. Then I remembered I had baseboard heat. Either way.. something similar could be done instead of those ugly registers

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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Bertha

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#6 posted 1103 days ago

Thanks guys! David, these are for wall/baseboard install. Stretch, these are cold air only, thankfully.
But Stretch, my hot air vents are also wood (professionally built; and much better looking than mine). I think the company that made them also makes hot air registers. You might actually be OK but I’m not an HVAC guy.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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