Making furnace vent register covers

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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 11-02-2012 05:21 PM 6885 reads 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s an easy home improvement project. Make your own register covers with just your router table and some oak boards. It takes a little time, but isn’t too bad if you work up an assembly line.

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#1 posted 11-02-2012 05:37 PM

What a Project to vent your frustrations out on! LOL

COOL vents…

Thank you.

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#2 posted 11-02-2012 05:42 PM


‘Grate’ idea. :-) ...and another Great Video Blog/Tutorial

Thanks for sharing. – Grandpa Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#3 posted 11-02-2012 09:25 PM

That requires patients. Why did you not just cut the rebate/rabbit on the table saw?


-- To finish something you must first start!

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#4 posted 11-02-2012 09:57 PM

Nice, noticeable home improvement.

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#5 posted 11-02-2012 11:39 PM

That’s what I like Steve
you make it simple for us slow people LOL

Good Job

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#6 posted 11-03-2012 12:54 AM

Fantastic work Steve!

While it seemed like a lot of time you took to make these, you DID get six registers for the effort. I would say job well done.

Of course, if you have a bit more time and patience (and a decent scrollsaw), you can make a cover like I did. :-)

Keep up the great work – and the great videos!


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#7 posted 11-03-2012 05:43 PM

That’s a cool way to dress up an often overlooked area of improvement.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#8 posted 11-03-2012 09:11 PM

Good project, very well explained. Good video work too!

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#9 posted 11-04-2012 12:01 AM

Cool project!

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#10 posted 11-04-2012 02:00 PM

Hi Steve,


Rip the stock into 1/4 thickness first, then do the router work. Makes the routing much faster and gives a lot less resistance to air flow. Once all the routing is done, rip some 3/8×1/2 strips and glue in to the bottom to register the registers in their holes.

Apply desired finish and install.

If you go with your design methods, at least rout out the center area to improve air flow as the thickness of the stock will offer a lot more resistance than the originals.


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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