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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-21-2017, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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I am in Northern Delaware.

I am currently installing 3/4" thick, red oak flooring in a large open room. I'd like to CNC route custom floor grills for the HVAC floor vents. I plan to install them with screws covered by oak plugs as I install the wood floor and sand and finish them such that they are at the same height of and seamless with the oak flooring.

Is there anyone here who has a CNC router and would be willing to assist in the production of the floor vents. I would make a donation toward your time and wear and tear on your machinery.

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Pat do you want the grills 3/4" thick too? You don't necessarily need a CNC to do that. If you make the first one, and I'm thinking drilling out the major waste and coping saw the shape then you can use that one with pattern or flush trim bits to make copies. Just don't design it with sharp inside corners.
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Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Turns out I was over-complicating it: they are available for sale. Just picked them up. Frame interlocks with tenons of the flooring. Insert grill looks okay, but I'll have the option of making custom inserts in the future if these do not hold up. They are 3/4" and the frames once installed with the flooring will be sanded and finished, so they are contiguous.
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I wuld appreciate knowing the source for the grills.

Thanks in advance.

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Jon - I'm not sure where the OP found his but this company is owned by a friend of mine who has been making vents for a long time. Company is located in Niagara Falls, Ontario

Airwood Vents - Manufacturers of quality wood ventilation covers.
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Welland is a brand several flooring contractors mentioned, and Lumber Liquidators sells a product that looks suspiciously identical to the Airwood Vents, branded with their name on the packaging.


I attached a photo that shows one with a few pieces of flooring sitting loosely around it to see how it looks.
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I've seen some that have ornate patterns in them before that sold for $35 I think but I couldn't tell you where as it has been a few years since I saw them. The one pictured would be easy to make and would be a good way to get rid of small offcuts.

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Yes, and now that the floor is done I have a nice couple buckets of cutoffs to experiment with...
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My project is slowly advancing. The kitchen cabinets are all in and the templater came and measured for the granite countertops yesterday. I tore out the remainder of the old kitchen, put in a powder room for guests, and enlarged the main bedroom, interleaving new wood flooring with the old bedroom flooring, and have laid out the wheelchair-accessible main bathroom/laundry room/ storage space, new windows on the first floor and upgraded siding.

And, I neglected to put up a finished photo of the vents. Here's one
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You did right.

Making something like that is only an enjoyment project as there is no why in heck a person could make those and save money. And I have more scrap than most any human(a 30x40 barn FULL or exotic and local hardwoods) and a full blown shop with several CNC machines. And I would buy those vents.

We need to know which battles to fight and you chose right. If someone wanted to make them for the simple enjoyment of it that is a great reason to make them, to save money or make them better, not so much.

Your floor looks so nice!
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