hardwood floors and heater vents

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Project by APLJaK posted 03-09-2009 01:25 AM 2701 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We put 3/4” hardwood (maple in bedrooms and cherry through living area) floors in the house a few years back. The choice of wood was based upon price and availability and I am actually pretty happy with the look. The maple was a steal and came with about 5% highly figured including birds eye, quilted and tiger.

When finished, I needed to deal with the heater vents. A quick visit to the big box stores gave me a shock when I looked at the price of hardwood heater vents. Being the cheapskate that I am, I made these up in the shop. They are simple with no shutters to control the air flow. If this turns out to be too much of an issue, I may retrofit them or come up with a new design, but for now they look a lot better than the plastic ones they replaced.

By the way, if I did it again, I would have flush mounted the registers in the floor during construction. If you are laying new flooring you may wish to keep this in mind. It would look much better and be far easier on the feet than the raised design.

-- APLJaK Woodworking, Okanagan Valley, BC

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#1 posted 03-09-2009 02:55 AM

That looks great. I had no idea you could get wooden grates. This gives me ideas! Thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 03-09-2009 03:51 AM

That looks good, I like it. I may make a couple for our floors where I don’t like looks of the “Tailor mades”.

I just noticed you started here today, welcome aboard :-)

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#3 posted 03-09-2009 05:05 AM

Nice Lookin vent covers

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#4 posted 03-09-2009 09:57 AM

Never thought of that…. Hmmm….. good work! :)

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#5 posted 03-09-2009 01:27 PM

This is a nice looking vent cover. You probably will never miss the shutters as they are either left open or closed.

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#6 posted 03-09-2009 02:41 PM

I never thought of flush-mounted vents until you mentioned it. I’m doing a floor soon, and that sounds like a good idea. I did a quick search and found this if someone else wants and idea on them:

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#7 posted 03-09-2009 06:32 PM

Thank you for the picture, I have doing this exactly on my to do list. Nice to see how they will turn out. Nice work!

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#8 posted 03-09-2009 06:44 PM

Thanks for the comments. I could (and may eventually) retrofit for flush mounts, but it is much easier to do while you are laying the floor than it will be to retrofit.

-- APLJaK Woodworking, Okanagan Valley, BC

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#9 posted 05-11-2010 07:07 PM

you wouldnt lay the floor over the vent would you?

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#10 posted 08-17-2010 07:38 AM

The clear maple hardwood floors look best in my opinion. Clean, elegant, and very durable. Very nice !!!

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