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Wooden Return Vents for Air Conditioning #4: Done and installed; Four more to go

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Blog entry by Bertha posted 1120 days ago 3668 reads 2 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Before and After:

Installed. It’s a little dressier than the baseboards but those will eventually be upgraded.

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



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#1 posted 1120 days ago

lookin good!!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#2 posted 1119 days ago

Very nice. Certainly looks much better than the white metal one.

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#3 posted 1119 days ago

THAT is a big improvement!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 1119 days ago

Sweet.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 1119 days ago

Classy, Bertha. I likes a lot.

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

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#6 posted 1119 days ago

Thanks fellas! You can see that I left the shellac high in points & tried to show the “tearout side”, feature the spalt, etc. It’s a challenge to match all these mixed woods. The home is timberframed but they really skimped on the trimwork. Sloppy pneumatic nails with no filler, some ugly joints, etc. I’ll tackle them little by little, addressing the major eyesores first; like white metal returns!

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

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#7 posted 1119 days ago

Well done.

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

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#8 posted 1119 days ago

Nice job on the vent cover. The nail holed don’t look too bad on the baseboards from 5’ away do they. Only a problem if you are a cat or a mouse. Oh, and just to keep you honest, no electrons were harmed in the making were there? :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#9 posted 1119 days ago

Geez Louise, not even I (emphasized) am stupid enough to make this by hand. I think one hand tool touched this and it was a block plane dull and out of lateral. In my shops there are projects that HAVE to get done and those that I WANT to get done. This was a HAVE to get done. You can see that I at least drew it out by making jigs. I could have done this upside down on the router table much easier, of course. Or even the TS, for that matter. I haven’t used a handheld router in I-can’t-remember-when. It was fun but my planer didn’t like the hickory. If I didn’t watch the grain when I ganged those slats, it would really chew them up.

I’m working on a sign now for my fiance’s “turtle sanctuary” on our property. I broke out the plunge router for my first signmaking attempt. I’ve got a Colt but I almost bought the DeWalt with the clear base. Still might, actually. The signmaking stuff is pretty fun.

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

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#10 posted 1119 days ago

sooooo much better than that ugly metal

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#11 posted 1119 days ago

Thanks Rog and Von, I won’t even tell you what I paid for the custom floor vents, all 38 of them:( They wanted $350 each for these returns and theirs were very glossy and uniform. I would have had to sand them back and refinish anyway. I figure I saved myself enough to justify a new tool!

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

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#12 posted 1118 days ago

Yawl done gud, bro.

-- Joe

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#13 posted 1118 days ago

Thankee Hoss!

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

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#14 posted 1076 days ago

Resurrecting this thread from the dead. I plan to revisit my jigs tonight and possibly add a register pin. I’ve got some brass stock and a dream, so we’ll see how it goes.

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

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#15 posted 1075 days ago

My new strategy for even 3/4” spacing:

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

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