Air Register Vents 2-5

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Project by KnotCurser posted 11-11-2013 03:01 PM 3847 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of years ago, I posted a register vent I made on my scrollsaw.

Since then, I have added a new “toy” to my woodworking arsenal – a CNC Router.

About a month ago I had all the carpeting in the house replaced with solid birch planks and decided that the contractor-grade brown metal vents just weren’t cutting it so I designed four new vents and used my CNC to cut these out.

I used 1/2” thick pieces of Maple, Cherry, White Oak and Chestnut for these pieces.

On two of them I removed the louvers from the original vent covers and added them on the bottom of the wooden ones so I can control the air flow – the other two I just made a simple alignment “frame” on the bottoms since they would be always open.

Finish was spray lacquer on both sides to avoid warping.

Pic 5 shows the maple vent a few minutes after the router was done with it – still a bit of cleanup, but it worked really well! The maple had a bunch of “fuzzies” – the others finished much cleaner.

I have a few more to do, but it’s a good start.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#1 posted 11-11-2013 03:19 PM

That Puzzle one is Da-Bomb. Way to go.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#2 posted 11-11-2013 03:22 PM

Very neat !!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 11-11-2013 03:23 PM

Very classy and cool! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 11-11-2013 03:47 PM

Wow those are way cool.

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#5 posted 11-11-2013 03:57 PM


-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 11-11-2013 04:12 PM

I reluctantly agreed to redo the flooring on the main floor of our home. After transferring (by hand) three pickup loads of flooring material into the house, I started thinking about the registers and how perhaps I could inject a more interesting woodworking component into this project. I was very excited to see Bob’ first register post from a while back and appreciated PM’ing with Bob on that project. Seeing this post, however, I know I have found something which is going to change my whole outlook to this flooring project. Thanks Bob. Excellent design and execution.

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#7 posted 11-11-2013 08:19 PM

Very nice. They sure class up the place don’t they.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#8 posted 11-12-2013 01:05 AM

Very spiffy. Also, what Kelly said..

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#9 posted 11-12-2013 03:07 PM

Dang it Bob. You had me excited because I’ve thought about making some registers for my home. But you just HAD to use a CNC machine!

But seriously, those look awesome. I’ll bet you can sell those.

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#10 posted 11-12-2013 03:29 PM

Thanks for all the compliments All!

Todd, you can certainly use a scrollsaw as well – I just happened to have a CNC.

As a matter of fact, PM me and I’ll gladly send you the plans, free of charge. :-)

Kelly, Yes indeed they do “class up the joint”. The floors I had installed are “B Grade” solid Birch and have a TON of what woodworkers call “character” – knots, variances in color, etc….. but the registers were just letting the floor down….....

Alan, I hope I sent you enough to get you started in making these. LMK if you need anything else.

Thanks again and Cheers!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#11 posted 11-12-2013 03:36 PM

Sadly, I have to admit that I’ve never used a scroll saw! I have one downstairs, but I just haven’t put it into use yet. How does that work? For each hole would you drill a starter hole and insert the blade?

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#12 posted 11-12-2013 04:14 PM


Yup, that is exactly what you do.

Take a look at my first register I did – it was done on a scrollsaw – as a matter of fact, take a peek at the rest of my projects – the vast majority of them were done via scrollsaw, including all the portraits! :-)

I think you should blow the dust off of the saw and give it try – it’s fun when you figure it out!



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#13 posted 11-12-2013 04:35 PM

You’ve got some great projects up. I love the table. I’ll go through them when I have some time.

I guess I need to find time to take on yet another tool/technique! When I was thinking of the registers about a year ago I had no idea how to make the holes and I just dropped the idea. I wasn’t aware of the scroll saw trick. I always assumed it was just a finer version of a band saw!

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#14 posted 01-01-2014 01:24 AM

Dude, that is a very cool way to use you cnc that anybody can afford and enjoy. They get a few for the main living areas and order the rest of their home. Brilliant as the Brit’s say. Sweet.

-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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