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Old 01-12-2012, 08:41 PM
bumpnstump bumpnstump is offline
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Default "I need to vent....."

Had a client who wanted to close off the 2" gap between the top of his refrigerator and the cabinet above with wood matching the cabinet (Beech). ~2" tall space, by 36 1/4" wide. Not a problem, except that the refrig. needed that space to 'breath', so, a solid piece of wood wouldn't work. Drilling holes in a piece of wood would have looked bad from a quarter mile away, so I decided to do the 'EZ-dance' on it.

What it really needed was a nice vent, so I decided to try my hand at making one using the SSRK. I wanted slanted vents, so I had to do some math and make a holding/indexing jig to help out.
First, I made the jig to hold my 2" piece of Beech at the vent angle I wanted; in this case, 30˚ (I wanted a steep enough angle that folks couldn't see thru it once it was installed). (Pic one shows the 2" piece nesting in the jig, before I put the holding screw thru the end of the jig into the piece.) The jig held the 2" piece snugly, and with it resting fully against the front of the jig and a couple of screws thru the end of the jig into the 2" piece, I wasn't worried about it moving. From there, it was a matter of clamping the jig into position on the EZ-One and setting up the SSRK.
Since the front and back of the jig were the same height, the SSRK could glide along them securely. After a bit of set up, I was ready to go.
(One of the things I did, since the plunge bit couldn't go all the way thru on the middle and lower slot, was to do all of my lay-out from the center of my piece, which was purposely cut long, so I could trim the ends later, as needed. That way, when I flipped it in order to complete the thru-routing, I could utilize the same stops on the track, for both sides. All set-ups were done with story-sticks to maintain accuracy.)
Pic two shows the first two routs; the one nearest the top shows full penetration. Since I was needing to have the 1/4" solid carbide bit be extended out of the collet a bit farther than usual, I took it 'specially slow: no more than 1/8" depth at a time, and no forcing it along the track; I wasn't interested in having a solid piece of carbide become a bullet suddenly. The entire process, from building the jig, set-ups, and routing, took right at 2 1/2 hours.
Pic 3 shows all routs completed on the face side of the piece.
Pic 4 shows the completed product- picture doesn't do it justice: this puppy came out nice!!
Once again, thanks EZ- you rock!!
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Old 01-13-2012, 12:32 AM
Tom Gensmer Tom Gensmer is offline
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Awesome job Rick! Thanks for sharing. BTW, the photos make all the difference, they really help to illustrate what you're describing.

I had a similar project two years ago where at the last moment of a Kitchen install the customer decided she didn't like the trim kit that came with her microwave and wanted me to make a custom one out of maple, including vent! Granted, smaller scale than your project, but fun nonetheless. I don't know, I guess I really like those small, oddball projects

Keep sharing your stories Rick!
Residential Remodel Carpenter in Minnesota
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Old 01-13-2012, 12:49 AM
Ivanhoe Ivanhoe is offline
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That looks really nice!
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Old 01-13-2012, 09:06 AM
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Thanks, guys. I'm really appreciating how the EZ tools allow me to more quickly and accurately do simple and complex projects.
Is it ok if work is fun?
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Old 01-13-2012, 10:45 AM
Dik Harrison Dik Harrison is offline
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If it's not, you are doing the wrong thing...
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Old 01-13-2012, 11:33 AM
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You've discovered the essence of EZ. Work needs to be fun. To me the EZ adds a whole new world. It gives you the ability to create things that before were impossible.

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