Rustic farmhouse hood from reclaimed materials

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Project by toddbeaulieu posted 06-28-2016 09:01 PM 1727 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m renovating the kitchen of my my 1733 home. The kitchen was too modern and too small. I may post more on the overall project later, but this is about the hood. I’ve never built one and was plagued by insecurities about not being well versed in proportions, typical designs and even molding patterns and practices. But I trudged my way through it, working my way from the bottom-up. If I had it to do over I’d experiment with some difference, for sure, but I’m happy with it overall and the Wife really likes it.

I got the blower on CL, brand new, for $300, which was almost $800 off retail. A hood can easily be another $1k plus. My savings spree continues!

The oak is left over from the flooring that I installed. It’s reclaimed oak, milled into flooring. It’s got LOTS of wormholes, nail marks, oxide streaks or whatever that black stuff is from the nails, cracks and knots. But we like that stuff.

The brown boards are used flooring that I got on CL for free. I have a big stack and have used it in three places in the kitchen so far, so I feel like it’s really tying things together.

The compound miter on the mid section was a pain because I did NOT pay attention in geometry class and am now being punished. I was about to sneak up on the final side miter when I hastily set the miter saw to 45 because that’s what 99% of the angles are, right? I needed 55. And that lopped too much off, trashing my glue up. Start over.

The front curve proved quite difficult for me. I screwed up the first approach with an hour of wasted effort and had to re-cut it and start over. This time I used rasps, constantly taking it out of the vice and checking the flow. Because of the shape I couldn’t bead it on the table, so I had to use a trim router. Of course in the blink of an eye all that work could be ruined with one false step. I joined the curve beading to the straight with a chisel.

I wish I had set that beaded trim piece near the top … lower, and with both edges beaded. Like a band. I wish I had thought to try that to see how it looked. I feel like the top is a bit crowded. There are a few mistakes I could point out, of course. Like I said … I’m still happy with it.

I did most of the joinery with biscuits, which really help keep faces aligned.

Arm-r-Seal is what I use mostly. I’ll be applying gel stain to the oak when it dries and immediately wiping it off. I love that look, as it really enriches the look.

EDIT on 09/05/2016

We bricked the wall and the hood looks much better now. I was a bit on the fence with it before, but now I love it. Replaced the photos.

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Mark Wilson

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#1 posted 06-28-2016 09:12 PM

It looks real good, Todd. I’d still like to see the outside of your elderly cottage.
I do hope you lined the inside of the hood with some of that foil-like insulation stuff (Space Blanket?).

-- Mark

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#2 posted 06-28-2016 09:13 PM


-- Mark

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#3 posted 06-28-2016 10:56 PM

Hi Mark. The installation instructions for the insert talked about a metal sheet around the liner, but I decided not to do it. I don’t think heat is the problem, at all. I think it’s fire. My hood is barely larger than the insert so I figured what’s the point of putting metal behind metal when the hood apron is right there anyway? I think I’ll be OK. Just did my gel stain and it looks better.

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#4 posted 06-29-2016 12:32 AM

This definitely turned out great! I love the elegant, yet rustic look of it—you really did a nice job of combining the two!

And yeah, it was a learning experience, and yeah you’d do some things differently—but it still looks great, and you seem happy with it, and that’s all that counts!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#5 posted 06-29-2016 12:34 PM

This is a quaint rustic hood and looks very nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 06-29-2016 11:48 PM

Very very nice, reclaimed wood makes the best projects ,
you should be proud of that hood and the kitchen will build.

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#7 posted 07-01-2016 10:43 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. I assume we’ll end up with some white subway tile under that hood and along the wall as a backsplash. White cabinet frames with a mix of white and natural inset drawers and walnut counter tops is the plan so far.

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