Anyone who has worked with or owned a commercial dining establishment knows that heavy-duty exhaust hoods are a necessity. Hoodmart is happy to sell the finest exhaust hoods on the market! Of course, concessions stands and food trucks also need high-powered ventilation systems—Hoodmart also offers these. However, those who cook at home may be curious to know how they can get a quality range hood. One possible solution is to make your own—it’s a fun and useful project! Sometimes it looks quite nice for a DIY product. In lieu of a complete step-by-step guide, which has been done in many a how-to book, here are some
- Find pieces of plywood or poplar which are larger than the desired size for your range hood. Determine the dimensions of the range you would like to make, and cut the pieces of wood down to size with a saw. Sand the edges.
- You will need to cut a hole for the exhaust fan in the bottom. Try fitting your exhaust fan into the cutout to be sure it is the proper size.
- Now you will have to assemble the range hood. You will want to consult a specific book on range building for this, as the manner in which the panels are to be assembled will vary based on the size and specific design of your range. Be sure that you are making the range hood tall enough to fit your fan inside!
- Try fitting the range into its intended location to be sure that it fits—better to be sure before it's too late! Adjust dimensions as needed.
- The next major step will be to install the exhaust fan into the hood. Place the hood on its top, slide the exhaust fan into its place, and secure it with wood screws.
- Create a suitable front shelf for the range. Use two one-inch by four-inch poplar wood pieces, and cut them to shape. Determine the proper placement for them on the front of the range, using a combo square, then tack it into place with a finishing nailer. Secure shelf with wood screws. Trim shelf to size.
- Attach the front panel to the range. Place the panel properly and nail it in.
- Use caulk to fill in empty spaces in the range. Then apply primer to it, wait for it to dry, and paint the range.
- You're all done! Hopefully you did your research and will enjoy your finished product, as making a range that will perform at market level is quite an undertaking.
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