I'm looking for ideas to hide this range hood duct. I was thinking of building a three sided particle board cover to match the cupboards but was concerned about the extra weight that would add.
I suggest using 6mm mdf instead of particle board. Its lighter and you can use 40 x 16 pine strips to frame and anchor to plaster wall so that there will be no weight on the cabinetry.
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Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @Cube. It's fabulous to have you join us and many thanks for your question.
It's great to see you've already received a helpful reply from @redracer01.
What's the height between the top of the shelf and the ceiling? I note we have a Bellini 800mm Stainless Steel Flue Extension Kit which is 800mm tall. If this was close to what you have, it could be a neat and convenient way of boxing the ducting in. It would also look much nicer than the expandable ducting and could be painted white.
It would be nearly 20 years ago when I saw an episode of Our House with the late Shirley Strachan as the carpenter for the show where he created a wardrobe at the end of a corridor. The ceiling was the focal point where he built downwards with battens glued to the ceiling and then the sides screwed into them. I replicated that idea when we had evaporative air-conditioning installed where the ducting was exposed from the ceiling and turned 90 degrees into the wall.
I believe your three-sided particle board or Red's MDF board would work based on the this principle. Mitchell's range hood duct would also apply to this method.