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Forum topic by JoeMurphy posted 10-31-2013 08:01 PM 1009 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-31-2013 08:01 PM

Hello all,

I am building a range hood to match the cabinets I built. The end panels on my wall and base cabinets are built as a unit with the face frame. The rail and stile width and profile match the doors. I want the range hood to match. Here is what I have in mind;

I am looking for opinions on the side panel. Should I do it like below by coping both ends of “A” and the bottoms of “C” and “D”?

Or as below by adding “E” and coping both ends of “A” and “B”.

Also if anyone has any general feedback on the design I would welcome it. I am not 100% happy with it and have yet to start building it. The only criteria are;

1. That it fit over the stove and between the windows
2. Match the cabinets (which are already built)
3. Accommodate the mechanicals in both size and with a removable cover.

The mechanical part looks basically like this;



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#1 posted 10-31-2013 08:05 PM

There will be a 1” cove molding arond the top of the wall cabinets and the hood. The front panel will have cleats on the back to align it to the opening on the front of the box. Rare earth magnets and gravity will hold it in place.

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#2 posted 10-31-2013 08:14 PM

I am a person who likes everything to match too. Sometimes though, it is the contrasting materials in a kitchen that makes it beautiful. Have you thought about a metal range hood?

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 10-31-2013 08:23 PM

Why do you have a panel that looks like a door on the front. That seems like a component that is not necessary in the design. I would just incorporate the frame/panel into the front of the case. Since you have CAD capability, try drawing it that way and see how it looks.

-- Minnesota Woodworkers Guild, Past President, Lifetime member.

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#4 posted 10-31-2013 10:03 PM

No offense but that cad deal is not helping much with your plight.

As stated the overlay panel looks pretty cheeses.

Is this a cope and stick job or what?

Flat panel,

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#5 posted 10-31-2013 10:41 PM

Sometimes trying to make something match can make it stand out.

Make the flat panel front, but don’t make it look like a door frame.
Maybe a metal or copper hood to match the stove & fridge.

Good Luck

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#6 posted 10-31-2013 11:44 PM

The reason I made it a door is because it needs to be removable to hook up the electric and duct work. I will re think how I do that because that may be what I don’t like.

Any advise on the side panel construction?

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#7 posted 10-31-2013 11:48 PM

Yes cabmaker, it is cope and stick with a flat panel. The rendering does not include the profile as I was just illustrating the question of how to construct the sides.

I dont understand what you mean by “No offense but that cad deal is not helping much with your plight.”
Creating a 3d model is what is allowing me to rethink design and visualize how it will look….

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#8 posted 11-01-2013 02:57 AM

Hydro and rrww, You are both right it looks way better with a flat panel front that is not a door. The problem now is how to access the interior to hang it and hook up the duct and electrical…..

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#9 posted 11-02-2013 03:42 PM

That looks really good in the 2nd picture. Could you use a cleat to “hang” it on the wall? Basically drop it onto the cleat and then pin the cove molding up.

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