Build a Custom Range Hood
Add a distinctive detail to your next kitchen with a curved-hood fan cover.
Synopsis: This article describes how to build a custom range hood, from drawing the curve on a plywood template, to building the curved framework with braces and pocket screws, to finishing the chimney with MDF panels and trim. The article includes a detailed drawing of the range-hood elements and their dimensions.
As the shop manager at a design/ build firm, my role is more than cabinetmaker. I consult with the design team, manage and mentor the shop crew, purchase tools and materials, and even decide when it’s best for us not to build things ourselves. This kitchen is an example of a project where I played all of those roles. The cabinets are supercustom, and, with inset doors and drawers, are among the trickiest cabinets to build. Though we made most of these cabinets in the shop, I knew that we’d need to save some time, so we ordered the…