How to Make Your Own Wood Vents

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How to Make Your Own Wood Vents
Replace metal vents with wood vents, for an elegant look. (air conditioner vent image by Tammy Mobley from

Making wooden vents is a great way to increase the aesthetic appeal of your interior floors and walls. Wood adds vintage charm, by replacing steel vent covers that are used in nearly every home and building, or worse, the plastic vents that symbolise cost-cutting.

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Things you need

  • Power drill
  • Measuring tape
  • Safety glasses
  • Jigsaw
  • Grease pen
  • Screwdriver
  • Table saw
  • Wood panel
  • Vice

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    Measure your existing vent, using measuring tape. It is best to remove the vent from the wall or floor, when taking measurements. Write down the width and length of the vent block, then record the positioning of the individual vent lines. You must measure the distance between the outside vent lines and the edge of the vent. You need to measure the width of each vent line and the distance between each vent line. Finally, measure where the screw holes are, if you are constructing a wall vent.

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    Don safety goggles before using any power tool. Mark with a grease pen and a measuring tape the outline of the wood vent that you want to create from the wood panel. Mark where the screw holes are,if this is a wall vent. The thickness of the wood panel should not be more than a quarter of an inch, as having a thick vent would look bad sticking from the wall. Make sure to also mark down where the vent lines will be made on the wood panel.

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    Cut the outline of the wood vent from the wood panel, by sawing it with a table saw. You can use a hand saw, but the edge will be rough and you risk poor cuts. Make sure the table saw is tuned off once your cuts are done. Move the freshly cut vent panel to a work bench. Place the vent in a vice, placing a rag around the clamped end to protect the wood grain. Drill the screw holes first, if this is a wall vent, by using a drill bit that is the same size of the screws that were used in the old vent.

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    Switch a drill bit into the power drill that is the same size as the width of the individual vent lines. Drill holes on each end of each vent line mark, so that you have a series of parallel holes. Slide the jigsaw blade into these holes, then cut two lines toward the hole on the opposite end of the mark. One line should be cut at the top and the other line cut at the bottom. This allows for the middle wood to just fall out when you are done. Blow off any sawdust that has accumulated on the vent, then place it on the duct that you want to cover.

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