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#1 posted 11-09-2017 11:10 PM

Worth a shot. Whats the worse that can happen? I had wooden vent in my last house but I just took them off as I think they restrict the airflow More than a cheap metal one.

But thats just me

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Just kidding about selling anything. Good point about the air flow issue. I had a metal grate that I bought on-line. The openings for the air are essentially equal in my wooden version. I do not have any damper to control the air flow, so full speed ahead is the rule here. I was concerned about the air flow as well as how strong the piece needed to be to withstand someone stepping on it. Hence the arrangement of the slots. The beefier spaces between slots are not just for looks, but were intended to help stiffen the panel. The piece of maple is 3/4” thick. I tested it out with my full weight on one foot before putting it into service and it passed the test. Been in service for about six years. I think that if I had made a series of parallel slots that ran the length of the insert it wouldn’t be nearly as strong.

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