Reclaimed Wood Vent Hood




About: I'm a Doctor of Physical Therapy who is curious about almost everything! One of the most important skills that PT school taught me was that, through thorough research, you can learn just about anything. That...

We bought our house and have completely flipped several of the rooms in it. The kitchen was an eyesore when we first moved in, but my wife has worked her magic and dreamt up an amazing set up! We both wanted a custom wooden vent hood above our range, but the prices were so dang expensive that we decided to go the DIY route. Unfortunately, creating a cheap-yet-stunning hood that vented to the outside was rather difficult to find plans for. That said, I pulled principles and styles from several designs and created what you see here. Hope it helps!!

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Step 1: Make Your Plan

Like I stated above, I researched the mess out of what I wanted this vent hood to look like. That said, there are some similar ones online, but this is a bit of a fusion between them. I started by finding the halfway points between my cabinets, found the midpoints of the vent we bought, then began playing with the angle I wanted on the vent body. Once I determined all these points, I drew on the wall in pencil, stood back and thought, "Yeah, I like that."

Step 2: Initial Framing

The vent hood is quite heavy, to say the least. Having it hang on drywall required the use of some hefty toggle bolts since the moment arm of the hood was going to be so far from the wall. Following the toggle bolts, I secured the remainder of the frame into each necessary arm with several 3" screws. Before putting the vent hood up, I was tempted to try and do a pull-up on the frame--that's how secure I wanted it to be.

Step 3: Attaching the Vent

This was a pretty basic, but critical, step. I had seen others utilize some of the holes in the vent's sheet metal in order to secure it into place--I found this method to be the best way. This step may require some assistance also in order to make sure you don't secure the vent into your frame without being level. Keep in mind where the steam/fumes coming from the stove top will go up to; I placed spacers from the wall in order to bring the vent forward a couple inches to be in the best position for venting. Following its placement, I continued to frame out the front and top. The inferolateral and anterosuperior framing spacers are going to be placed at a later time because...that's just how the cookie crumbled.

Step 4: Venting Outside

We chose to have a unit that vented to the outside rather than recirculate into the house. So, it was either backwards or straight up. Our roof was in bad shape and I didn't want to chance creating another leak, so I decided to pipe it out the brick...or so was my intention until I ran into a supporting structure for our house. Woof. Thankfully, I had placed toggle bolts in such positions that I was able to skirt the beam and take out much of the vent's framing and still have all needs met. There are better ways to cut a hole out of brick, but hey, I ain't no professional, and this worked just fine and dandy.

Step 5: Securing the Ducts

This step required much finagling of the vent line in order to make that super awkward turn. With the help of some duct tape and duct clamps, I was able to secure a tight ventilation system without any backflow of air into the house. I also surrounded the outside venting unit with silicone caulk and foam crack filler in order to create a moisture barrier for the vent hood.

Step 6: Wrapping the Frame

We have a pretty junky and ghetto lumberyard in my city, but if you're willing to get your hands dirty (with cowhide gloves on), you may stumble upon beautiful wood like this in such a place. These pieces are actually crown molding that had been left in the elements for a long time. I thought they would sand down well and, shoot, they sure did! I actually used the flat, back side of the pieces in order to get the look I wanted, but did use some of the front detail work at the bottom lip (I'll show at a later step).

Step 7: Fitting the Pieces Together

Next was the part of careful cuts and finally getting the look I wanted. This is where I also tacked on those last framing pieces (inferolateral and anterosuperior). Other tutorial's have you using mitered cuts for the edges, but I knew I was going to be trimming the edges out, so I more just wanted to get them in good alignment all the way around. I used a nailgun to secure all of these boards to the frame.

Step 8: Finishing the Cuts

Here is where I finished up the trim work and found that pretty detail to add to the bottom lip. For each of these, I took measurements from my remaining large strips of wood, then ripped them down into even, appropriately-sized cuts for the detail work. I also found some extra thin plywood to close up the spaces underneath the vent frame.

Step 9: Finished Product

Finally, I wanted a stain that was going to tie in with the rest of our house well, and this was it. I also found a wood filler that matched pretty spot-on for filling the trim seams. Now, my wife is pleased to have smoke not fill our house and I feel like a boss for creating the beauty I had envisioned. Hope this helps you!!

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    5 months ago

    I hope for your sake you never have a fire on the hob as that will go up like you wouldn't believe - this is NOT a good idea.
    My wife had an pan of oil overheat on the hob and ignite, it completely melted every piece of plastic in the stainless steel hood and the smoke damage was unreal (complete redecoration of the kitchen). These things do happen.
    Please also think the fumes you are extracting away are full of oil residue (take a look at the filters after a few weeks) and this will saturate the wood over time and make the whole thing even more flammable.
    If i was you I would take this down immediately and go to a metal solution.

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    Reply 5 months ago

    Thank you for your concern. I've since been checking into clear, fire retardant sealant and will likely be pursuing this in the future. That would also be my recommendation for anyone else concerned with fire safety regarding this Instructable.
    Furthermore, all hood vent filters ought to be cleaned of the flammable residue. Thank you for your story--we should all learn from it.


    Reply 4 months ago

    I could not help noticing that the outlet of the vent seems right underneath a ventilation mesh of sorts. This is the next possible desaster if true. if a pot catches fire, your fan will throw flames and heat straigt out of the piping and possibly right in to the mesh above.

    a proper way of doing this is to extend the piping and ensure that the outlet is far away from any combustionable materials.


    4 months ago

    This is really quality work. I love the idea. Your instructions are thorough and easy to follow. Thanks for this great plan!

    Isn't it wonderful when you're able to easily repurpose some scrap wood that's just lying around the house to make something useful out of it! And it'll be easy enough to fix and replace if this one has issues later on too! Excellent job mate!


    5 months ago

    If lack of space in your kitchen is worrying you then it’s time for you to be extremely elated with the oncoming of slide out range hood


    Question 5 months ago on Introduction

    What model vent fan unit did you use? It looks like the perfect size to fit my kitchen. After some use, do you feel taht it hs adequate flow? Thanks for your good instructable.


    5 months ago

    Looks great. It looks like you are using a true hood liner and not adding wood to a regular over the range hood. You will not need to use special sealant on the wood. You will have to use special sealant for the duct work going out through the wall to the outdoors. This is the red-orange stove pipe caulk, not the spray in foam. The majority of the hood liners are tested and listed for use with any combustible material as long as you are following the instructions on the distance from the metal parts to the wood (or other combustible). May you enjoy it for a long time.


    5 months ago on Introduction

    Looks good BUT!! Is this Fire proof or did you have some way to treat the wood to make it so?
    If so what did you use?

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    Reply 5 months ago

    Thank you for your concern. I've since been checking into clear, fire retardant sealant and will likely be pursuing this in the future. That would also be my recommendation for anyone else concerned with fire safety regarding this Instructable.


    5 months ago

    Are wooden hoods a thing now? Seems like an awful lot of flammable material to hang over the stove to me. One material you used, the spray foam is also a very dangerous thing should there be a fire as the foam readily burns & creates dense & choking smoke. There is a fire resistant version of the foam, it comes out of the can orange red.

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    Reply 5 months ago

    Thank you for your concern. I've since been checking into clear, fire retardant sealant and will likely be pursuing this in the future. That would also be my recommendation for anyone else concerned with fire safety regarding this Instructable.
    Also, I just like the look of wood vs metal.


    5 months ago

    Cool idea and nicely did it!!

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    5 months ago on Step 9

    I recall putting in a window in a kitchen and opening the wall to find a water pipe in my way. Your solution was spot on! And a great result for the final look.

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    5 months ago

    Nice accent to the kitchen. I’m a fan of the stain choice! It’s not too overpowering, but makes it stand out just enough.


    5 months ago

    What a great addition to your kitchen. I bet it brings some good comments when you are entertaining.


    5 months ago

    That turned out so nice! I admit I like that much more than the standard stainless steel hoods. :)