Cold Air Return Grates

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Project by John_G posted 11-19-2013 02:01 PM 2935 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are my Greene and Greene inspired cold air return covers. Made from oak with some Ebony plugs. I cut them by hand with a chisel and then made the plugs. They came out a bit bigger than what i wanted but that’s why i made the plugs last. I left the metal grills on and just put these over them using rare eath magnets. They look great and people constatnly comment about them. Fun build

-- John Gray

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#1 posted 11-19-2013 03:28 PM


These look great, but I would be a concerned over airflow. they appear to be block at least 80% of the air that should be passing into your return….....

Just a thought.

They DO look really nice!


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#2 posted 11-19-2013 03:30 PM

i guess compared to the existing metal ones they do block some of the return air. Not sure how i would know if that was affecting anything heating/cooling wise. They’ve been in place for about a year now and everything seems to work great. Probablty sdoesn’t have an affect since there are many other returns in the house and only these two have covers (there in the living room).

-- John Gray

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#3 posted 11-20-2013 01:37 AM

Those are beautiful. They make for a very classic look in the room. Nice work.

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

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#4 posted 11-20-2013 01:43 AM

Really nice work. Unfortunately, now you have to redo all the molding to match. ;)

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#5 posted 11-20-2013 01:54 AM

Very cool. Great idea with the magnets.

-- Craig Bullard

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#6 posted 11-20-2013 05:42 AM

Great job and really like the magnets

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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