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Old 10-18-2014, 09:01 AM   #1
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Range Hood (DIY)


I thought I should get a start on my range hood before I start construction. Hold ups during construction won't be good as I'll need to rent a house for a year only.

The outside will be black zinc with copper vertical bars and rivets.

The hood liner will be stainless with an 8" inline fan.











A friend cut out a couple of 1" thick MDF hammer forms for me on his CNC router.










I sanded of some of the patina so I could draw some layout lines for notching the corners.









I used a 1" round bar as a Sharpie guide to draw the line. I left an 1/8 - 1/4" extra for cutting an accurate line with the snips.









I did a practice piece and one edge ripped at the corner so I did another piece and drilled a small hole at the intersection of the bend lines and that seemed to work.
Will post pics of that later.



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Looks sharp.

Looking forward to more progress pics.

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Thanks.

Here's the piece I did after the first test piece tore.













Leaving a thin strip for final cutting makes it easy with the hand snips.









When the piece was to size and corners drilled and notched, it was sandwiched between the hammer forms and knocked with a rubber mallet first and then a plastic mallet to get the bend nice and crisp.








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I took a 2" strip of satin coat sheet metal and bent it into a curve by hand. The tight bend was made giving a little skim cut with the zip cut blade and then bending it by hand.

Holes were drilled every inch for rivets.






Then taken apart to countersink the holes.















After a bunch of "popping" and the side was done. I did a little hammer and dolly work on some of the rivets that stood proud.









I clamped a side piece onto my mock up front panel that I formed at work earlier this week.

I need to get another sheet of zinc for the front panel on Monday.













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I got the front panel and the copper bars bent and rolled at the shop.














A sheet of aluminum on the back to keep the weight down.








And then a bunch more rivets.






I stopped to check out some patina on the bars.




















I installed some poplar strips around the lower edge so the hood liner will have some where to screw.





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The bars took a beating when I bent them. I used an undersized bottom die in the press to get a tight corner so it gouged quite deep.

A bit of grinding and buffing and all is well.





















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Then I had to stop and consider.

The top section of the hood is about the same depth as the cabinets. I was thinking of using crown molding at the top of the cabinets at the ceiling as they will go right up along with the hood. I thought I could run the crown across the hood and the cabinets so I set a piece of crown molding at the top of the hood and didn't think it looked right. I also mocked up a piece of crown molding that turned 90* into the face of the cabinet. That doesn't seem right either.













Don't know what I'm going to do now. I guess I'll have to move along and consider my options later.
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A sneak preview shot.








I took a piece of scrap copper and hammered it and hit it with some patina and then Scotchbrite. Not sure what I think about this look.


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Really cool.

I dig metal work. Looking great so far.
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Thanks.

I was just out in the garage threading rivets. At this point, I'm too afraid to start setting rivets with an air chisel.


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Wow. Tough crowd around here.

I guess I'll have to show some better content, ha.

I drilled all the holes and got the bars set in place with all the rivets.







I then tore it apart to patinate and clear coat the bars.










I did the rivets also.


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And now for the finished shots. Well, the outside shell anyways. I will get into the stainless liner later this week.














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Pugsy, Wow - that is amazing work. Cannot wait to see it installed.
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Pugsy, Wow - that is amazing work. Cannot wait to see it installed.
Thanks.

I can't wait either. That would mean that my new house was up.
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that looks really nice

you fab for a living ?

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