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Forum topic by masterjer posted 08-09-2018 05:53 PM 1714 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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masterjer

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08-09-2018 05:53 PM

Hi all, I am in the process of building a custom range hood surround. The range hood my wife picked out has push buttons on the front of the hood to control the fan speed and a light. I’d like to completely cover the range hood with a custom-built one out of wood that matches the cabinetry. My question is: has anyone used buttons in their woodworking projects that push inwardly to activate a switch when they’re pressed? I am looking for a simple way to add a spring loaded button that, when pressed, pushes another button. I don’t know if anyone sells something like this commercially, or if any of you have already designed and added this feature to a project of yours.


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#1 posted 08-09-2018 06:22 PM

if you’re going to build over it to match the cabinetry, I think what you really want is a cabinet insert rather than an actual range hood. They’re designed for that purpose.

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#2 posted 08-09-2018 06:40 PM

Thanks for the advice, and that is absolutely the way to go. However, we couldn’t find a 48” cabinet insert that wasn’t prohibitively expensive, so my wife (without discussing with me) bought an under cabinet range hood. I can deal with it and have already mounted it, but just wondered if anyone had thoughts about accessing the buttons on the range hood through the surround I’m building.

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#3 posted 08-09-2018 06:55 PM

48”? That’s a helluva stove! I’m jealous.

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#4 posted 08-09-2018 07:53 PM

Tell me about it. I got to move it into place! 500+ lbs.

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#5 posted 08-09-2018 09:42 PM

I get what your going for. I don’t think there is a ready made solution though. Some other ways I would approach it:

-build a little access door instead, to reach the buttons on the range hood. Then you could use regular cabinet or small box hardware.

-move the panel mounted buttons, while keeping them connected. How are the buttons mounted to the range hood? Would it be possible to cut out the whole panel and re-mount it into a wood frame, then mount that into your overbuild? Or remove just the buttons themselves and remount onto a nicer panel.

-get new panel mount buttons and mount them onto wood. Rewire from the range hood. This would require some fussing around with the electrical connections.

-- ~Walker

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#6 posted 08-09-2018 09:52 PM

Thanks Walker, those are all some great thoughts. I’ll see what it would take to remove the buttons from the range hood, as that would be the cleanest way to go. There isn’t a way to remove a panel from the hood and relocate it. The access door is an interesting idea and could be a very cool “secret” way to access the buttons.

I had also thought about using something as simple as dowels in through holes in my overbuild that line up with the hood buttons and then use the dowels as extensions to activate the buttons.

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#7 posted 08-09-2018 10:00 PM

I’m sure what your looking for exists, I just can’t find the right terms to search. I tried ‘actuator’ and got closer. I know the exist for thing like buttons in your car, or inside a TV remote. The exterior button is really just a mechanical piece that presses on and actual button mounted to a pc board.

-- ~Walker

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#8 posted 08-09-2018 11:32 PM

This might work for you, just cut the shaft to fit, the spring mechanism is in the button, so the shaft can be trimmed to any length. The plastic insert can be popped out and painted, then just pop it back in, or make one out of wood and glue in.

https://www.grainger.com/product/EATON-Mechanical-Push-Rod-30XF49?cm_sp=Product_Details-_-Products_Based_on_Your_Search-_-IDPPLARECS&cm_vc=IDPPLARECS

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#9 posted 08-10-2018 02:23 AM

I think the term you are looking for is latching.

Nevermind. I misread. The above post is gonna be about all you can find unless you make your own.

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#10 posted 08-10-2018 02:39 AM

Lee, that is pretty awesome! Thank you for the link. By painting the button to match, that would be a very nice look and should work very well for my purposes.

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#11 posted 08-10-2018 04:20 AM

Ah, with the right search terms i.e. “mechanical push rod”, “push button operator”, and ‘through the door operator” there are other options to be found. Grainger seems to have everything ever invented, but is usually way overpriced. I like to take the manufacture’s part number, plug it into google, and sometimes you find lots of other prices and options.

under $4—
https://www.c3controls.com/configurator/pilot-devices-22mm-iec-special-operators-reset-push-buttons/#rod-type

Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Eaton-M22-DZ-B-GB14-Through-Operator-Inscription/dp/B008KNKD4C

others:
https://www.cesco.com/Eaton-Cutler-Hammer-M22-DZ-R-Eaton-Cutler-Hammer-M22-DZ-R-Through-the-Door-Reset-Operator-22-5-mm-Mounting-Hole/p1895477

-- ~Walker

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#12 posted 08-10-2018 03:48 PM

Fantastic guys! Thank you so much for your comments and pointing me in the right direction.

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