Kitchen Stove Hood: Build one Yourself

| March 27, 2010
kitchen stove hood design 3D

Kitchen Hood 3D Concept

No passion blog would be complete without a woodworking category. I have been wanting to post this for a while and since we have a wind driven blizzard going on outside, I thought I would highlight one of my favorite woodworking projects, a kitchen stove hood. About four years ago, Donna and I had the privilege of building our own place. We had bought the land several years earlier and finally got around to building on it.

When I was just out of high school and going to college, I worked at a sign shop here in town where I learned a bunch of woodworking skills from an extremely talented doer of all things. Well one thing led to another including building some furniture and ultimately a house. I searched far and wide for a kitchen hood to go with the house design. It was to be the crowning glory of the space and would be seen from practically all areas in the main living area.

The hoods I found were really expensive and did not fit the design of the kitchen including the the mechanical stove vent to my satisfaction. I knew the only way to get what I wanted was to design and build the stove hood myself. I started out by designing the kitchen layout in 3D to get a feel for the scale of the cabinets and the hood and how they would relate to the rest of the kitchen. The rendering below was the result of many hours of building models and texturing them to create a reasonably realistic visualization of the space. I know I am a nut and most would not do this but it was fun and it really appealed to my artistic and creative needs at the time.

Visualizing the kitchen in 3D

Visualizing the kitchen in 3D

Building the Stove Hood

Being happy with the pre-visualization, I created a full size paper template of the front and sides of the upper drywalled portion of the stove hood to make sure I would have the right clearances for the stainless-steel powered vent and its eight inch exhaust pipe to fit inside. I then took the paper template and used it as a reference to frame together the bones of the hood in my shop. Below is what I ended up with.

Kitchen hood framing complete

Kitchen hood framing complete

The nifty thing about this design was that once the house framing was complete, all I had to do was take this to the site, level it, and nail it to the kitchen wall framing. Below is what it looked like installed at the house.

Kitchen hood installed waiting for drywall

Kitchen hood installed waiting for drywall

Once the drywall was complete, I installed the mechanical unit and began measuring for the woodwork trim build that would pull it all together. As shown at the top of the post, I built a 3D model to exact measurements and actually assembled the trim in a virtual environment before cutting any wood. This made the build very stress free and the ultimate installation a breeze.

Getting ready to measure for trim

Getting ready to measure for trim

Below is a picture of the 3D model of the stove hood and the woodwork under construction in my shop.

3D model of kitchen hood build

3D model of kitchen hood build

Kitchen hood assembly with some pre-staining

Kitchen hood assembly with some pre-staining

OK, just about there for the big stove hood reveal! In the end, it all turned out great! I love tapping all areas of creativity to get things done. Taking something from idea to concept and to the ultimate goal is incredibly exciting to me. It is truly a blessing to have a creative drive and I hope anyone that reads this digs deep to find it and is able to experience the true joy of its pursuit. Below is the final picture after a ton of additional finish work.

The finished kitchen hood project!

The finished kitchen hood project!

Category: Woodworking

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  1. AutumnLeaves says:

    Beautiful work, Lee! Oddly enough, I’ve always wanted to learn woodworking and furniture building. Wish I had the money to do so. Sigh…

    I love the hood and it is remarkable how well is matches your original 3D design. I find myself disappointed that you didn’t put the glass in the cabinet doors! LOL I love that look, not that I have it myself. That is a gorgeous stain on the cabinets! Did you build those yourself too? I love it!

  2. kaylyn says:

    Sketchup? Gotta love that program!

  3. Mitzi Easley says:

    Wow. Very impressive and your home looks lovely. Well done Lee!

  4. Lee says:

    Thanks Mitzi! Thanks for the comment.

    Kaylyn, actually I used Lightwave 3D for the interior renderings. I have SketchUp too though! I used it for the outside house rendering to predict where the sun would fall at different times of the year. It was critical because I wanted sun on the driveway year round. Ice is no fun when it sticks around for a long time!

  5. Lee says:

    Hi Sherry! The cabinets were made by a local cabinet company and I bought extra stain to match for the custom work. I was pretty happy that the hood and cabinets matched so well when I was finished.