Bifold Door vents

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 08-18-2021 05:00 PM 707 views 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been working on two small storage and well rooms that need ventilation in them. So rather than leaving the door open a bit, I made some vents for the tops of the doors.

They are made out of red oak and stained with same stain used on the doors 25 yrs ago. They are 5” x 9” and with a 1 1/2” thick spacer inside. The front piece is glued and doweled to the spacer and the backing plate is doweled and screwed to the spacer.
This is my last project on my table saw before the motor blew!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 08-18-2021 05:08 PM

Smartly done, very nice

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 08-18-2021 05:17 PM

Cool idea, Jim!

Did you do the slots on the router table or CNC?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 08-18-2021 05:51 PM

really neat vents Jim, sorry about your table saw. Probably cheaper to just buy another saw as to replace the motor unless you’ve got a couple of them laying around.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 08-18-2021 06:10 PM

Nice way to up grade your well room.
I take it you don’t need a vent at the bottom of the doors.

What’s a well room? Are their Patients in there?

-- James E McIntyre

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#5 posted 08-18-2021 06:33 PM

Nicely done. New table saw or just a new motor?

-- Ron

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#6 posted 08-18-2021 08:33 PM

Well worth the work! Just seem like the right thing to do! Nice!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#7 posted 08-18-2021 10:26 PM

Thanks for all the good comments.

Hi Lew. I did all the sawing on the scroll saw with a very coarse blade.

Hi Dick. I have a Ryobi BT 3000 and if is was not for having a lot of sleds and fixtures made for it, I would have bought a new saw. I missed a used motor on Ebay by $1. A segment blew out of the commutator and did a job on the brushes. I sent the Armature to Eurton Electric in Whittier, California to be rewound.It will be a challenge to put it back together. It is not a separate motor…it is built into the slide for the blade. I’ll post a photo.

Hi James. I thought about vents on the bottom too. It might come to that…there is still plenty of door to perforate All the patients have recovered!!!!!!!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 08-18-2021 11:49 PM

That’s really cool Jim. When we had a well room I bought two wooden floor vents and cut a hole in the door, top and bottom. Backed it up with a screen but I don’t know why. If you would of posted it 20 years ago I would of made my own too. Nice work.
I had one of those direct drive motors on my Rockwell table saw long time ago. If it wasn’t for the tilting system falling apart I may still have it.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 08-19-2021 12:54 AM

Nice job Jim. Next up plantation shutters.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#10 posted 08-19-2021 01:13 AM

Thanks Dave and Eric!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 08-19-2021 01:34 AM

First time I’ve heard of a “well room”. Reminds me of the vent I made for my cold air return. Nice work Jim!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#12 posted 08-19-2021 01:50 AM

Looks good Jim. Doesn’t surprise me you’re gonna repair instead of replace.

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#13 posted 08-19-2021 01:54 AM

Much nice looking than metal vents. Nice work.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#14 posted 08-19-2021 05:42 AM

Great idea, have this same problem and never thought of doing this, was going to buy some metal ones instead. Thanks for showing and a great job on them. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#15 posted 08-19-2021 06:25 AM

Great job Jim.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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