another reminder about inginuity. our wooden return air floor grille was busted into many pieces and beyond repair. we looked at getting a new one, but the size (18x30) wasn't typical and bigger than most. even a used one would cost us $200 at a reuse store. so karen found us a metal grille at a garden store and with a little trim, it fit perfectly! all we need to do is paint the wood joists black to disappear... $25 for an ornamental grille is a lot better than $200!
but as joe also learned with the 1/4 round, always predrill oak... or use a nail gun :) that stuff is hard!!