Custom Vent-Hood Cover

The author used a full-scale drawing as a pattern to lay out and cut the 3/4-inch by 2-inch clear poplar that would form the frames for the three facets of the top section.

The bottom of each of the top panels was back-beveled so it would rest squarely on the base.

The visible portion of the base was formed by three pieces of 3/4-inch by 9-inch poplar; the corners were mitered and fastened with brads and glue. A 5-inch-wide poplar stretcher on the back tied it all together.

The three parts of the top section were butt-jointed and fastened with pocket screws and glue.

The top was nailed to the base using brads driven through beveled cleats that conformed to the slope of the hood.

Plywood cleats on top of 3/4-inch spacers provided a recessed fastening surface for the front panel.

The author used a scrap of poplar to trace where the molding met in the corners and to determine the intersecting angles.

Fastening a pair of cleats alongside the plywood cutout to support the fan liner was the last thing done in the shop.

A plywood box covered the gap between the hood and the sloping ceiling; the joints were trimmed with panel molding.

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