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Project by gtrgeo posted 06-09-2020 05:37 PM 1369 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been doing some remodel in our house. One of the projects has been installation of hard wood floors. I wanted to replace the steel drop in return air grill in our upstairs hallway with a flush mounted wood grill. I looked around on line for one and between the cost and delivery time due to current conditions I decided I could build one. Since we wanted an ‘egg crate’ style I decided to pick up the Rockler cross lap jig to facilitate the build. African Mahogany was used as that was the suggested wood from air grill suppliers when installing with Acacia flooring.

Rather than mill the individual slats I cut a 5-1/2” board on the cross lap jig and sliced the individual slats on the bandsaw taking them to final thickness on my planer. I was concerned they may be damaged in the planar but it worked well on test pieces and on the project.

Reinforcement of the miters was done as I had concerns of the miter joints breaking as the parts are nailed down with the flooring.





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Dark_Lightning

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#1 posted 06-09-2020 10:12 PM

Very nice! Are they installed where they don’t get stepped on?

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#2 posted 06-09-2020 11:00 PM

nice job. I will have to keep this in mind once my floors are replaced with hardwood. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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gtrgeo

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#3 posted 06-09-2020 11:41 PM



Very nice! Are they installed where they don t get stepped on?

- Dark_Lightning


Thanks for the compliment. The register is within inches of the end of the hallway and we usually have a small table over it. It is of the same construction as commercially available registers and it is actually very sturdy. I do not think it will be a problem.

Thanks, George

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gtrgeo

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#4 posted 06-09-2020 11:43 PM



nice job. I will have to keep this in mind once my floors are replaced with hardwood. Thanks for sharing.

- RPhillips

Thank you Rob. If you are curious I did a review of the jig here.

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#5 posted 06-10-2020 08:59 AM

Wow that is cool. I also have the cross lap jig.

-- Petey

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#6 posted 06-10-2020 01:40 PM

I ended up buying mine. Yours look so much better. Well done!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 06-10-2020 02:58 PM

Very nice! Are they installed where they don t get stepped on?

- Dark_Lightning

Thanks for the compliment. The register is within inches of the end of the hallway and we usually have a small table over it. It is of the same construction as commercially available registers and it is actually very sturdy. I do not think it will be a problem.

Thanks, George

- gtrgeo

Thanks for the reply. I’m on a slab, so no nice floor returns for me! :D And a well-deserved Top 3!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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gtrgeo

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#8 posted 06-10-2020 03:37 PM



Wow that is cool. I also have the cross lap jig.

- Peteybadboy

Thanks! I think it will be a handy jig for future projects.

George

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gtrgeo

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#9 posted 06-10-2020 03:41 PM



I ended up buying mine. Yours look so much better. Well done!

- 489tad

Thanks for the compliment. I went back and forth and landed on buying just for the sake of moving forward with the project. After calling around the country looking for one it looked like I would be out at least 2 weeks and still have to apply finish myself. I figured I may as well build one.

George

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#10 posted 06-10-2020 04:24 PM

What a great idea. Looks like a lot of work but absolutely love it!

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#11 posted 06-15-2020 05:08 AM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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