Mahogany Air Return Register

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Project by KnotCurser posted 07-14-2014 09:44 PM 1217 views 7 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

And now for something completely different…...........

I am in the process of replacing every single air register in my house with wooden ones, with every one of them being different from the others.

I’ve knocked off pretty much of the ones on my first floor, so I took a look around upstairs to see which one was next. Instead of looking down at the floor for the registers, my eye immediately focused on the large, white, ugly return register that was placed high on the knee wall in our bedroom. That’s GOTTA go….........

I was given a piece of 1/2” thick mahogany a few months ago and it was begging to become something, so I edge glued up two pieces and started work an hour or so later.

That evening, this replaced that ugly metal screen. I call the design “Art Deco”.

It’s 10×16 inches and a tad less than 1/2” thick. To keep one from seeing the nasty pipeworks behind, I placed a double layer of window screening across the back – air still flows quite freely.

Finish is simply rattle-can lacquer.

Affixed to the wall with a square of stick-on Velcro at each corner.

Not too shabby!



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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Matt in Franklin

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#1 posted 07-14-2014 09:51 PM

looks great. I’ll be curious a few months down the road how much dust builds up on those window screens that would normally go to the air filter.

Hopefully it doesnt become an unsightly dusty mess.

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#2 posted 07-14-2014 09:59 PM


That’s the reason I mounted it on the wall with Velcro tabs – I can remove it very easily and use my air compressor to blow it off if dust builds up. :-)

Thanks for the compliment!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#3 posted 07-14-2014 10:10 PM

Great idea, looks great!

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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#4 posted 07-14-2014 10:59 PM

Hey Bob, that is so cool.
I like it. You got skills.


p.s. Please do not let my wife see this.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 07-14-2014 11:49 PM

That is a piece of art hiding what would be somewhat unsightly.
No one wood suspect that to be an air return (pun intended)!

Love it!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Bill Huffman

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#6 posted 07-15-2014 12:14 AM

Just beautiful, I love the design.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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#7 posted 07-15-2014 12:34 AM

Very Nice. I like it.

Good idea for speaker cabinets too.

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#8 posted 07-15-2014 01:29 AM

Excellent !!! Looks a little Frank Lloyd Wright to me.

You need one of his Falling Water table lamps to go with it.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#9 posted 07-15-2014 04:33 AM

Another thing to go on my Must Do list.

Nice work and a great idea.

-- Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. --Theodore I. Rubin

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#10 posted 07-15-2014 07:45 AM

Looks fantastic Bob. Good design and warm wood.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 07-15-2014 12:26 PM

That’s really cool Bob

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#12 posted 07-15-2014 12:44 PM

I have no air vents, but it could be just as cool as a work of art. super

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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Bob Current

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#13 posted 07-15-2014 09:05 PM

That is an elegant solution for an essential part of your home HVAC system. Great job.

-- When you are wrong admit it, when you are right forget it.

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#14 posted 07-16-2014 12:17 PM

Man, I hope my wife doesn’t see this…. She has me doing enough.

Really a nice bit of work.

-- Matt at:

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Mr M's Woodshop

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#15 posted 07-16-2014 07:01 PM

I’ve been unhappy with the air registers in my house for some time … WONDERFUL IDEA. Not sure if I can do as well as you have here, but I believe I will try. Great stuff! I do question the velcro, though … why not use more traditional fasteners? I would think the velcro would lose adhesion over time.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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