Radiator Cover II

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Project by natrous posted 10-12-2010 02:44 PM 7303 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The second radiator cover I made. It was for the bathroom and, since there isn’t much room squashed in behind the vanity, I was concerned about air flow. So I modified the original plans to open up the sides (which made it look a lot better, too, in my opinion).

I also didn’t like how unstable the first cover was, so I added the metal pins you can see in pic #2 above. They fit into a pair of angle-brackets that are attached to the wall above the radiator. I taped over the holes in the brackets with a bit of UHMW tape and scored an x in the center so the pins could poke through. Turned out just great – no wiggling or clicking and I can take the cover off easily to bleed the radiators.

Poplar frame. I can’t remember if I did pine on top, or if I had a wide enough poplar stock for this one.

-- I do not like work even when someone else does it. - Mark Twain

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#1 posted 10-12-2010 03:52 PM

yeah i definitely like the second one better! They are both really nice though – good job…what is it made out of? (mdf?) – or do you have to use a special wood since it’ll get hot?

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 10-12-2010 05:06 PM

Thanks – I did this with poplar. I think I used 1×3 stock that I ripped in half, rather than buying 1×2 stock the plans called for. The top of the other was pine since it’s so much cheaper with wide boards, and everything is painted. I can’t remember if this one was pine or not – the top is much narrower.

Many plans I saw used MDF, though, so I don’t think it matters about the heat. Then again, I didn’t research that, and there’s lots of people doing silly things on the internet… I’d have a bigger concern with MDF in my bathroom with the frequent high-humidity of the shower.

I have a 3rd cover that I will post after work today – they each got better than the previous (which shows that even I can be taught)

-- I do not like work even when someone else does it. - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 10-17-2012 07:49 PM

Hi, where did you get the grating?

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#4 posted 10-17-2012 07:55 PM

Home Depot has this and a couple of other common styles, both in the brass finish like this one, or in plain aluminum color.

I think a sheet ran somewhere close to $30 (like 3’ x 4’ maybe?)

-- I do not like work even when someone else does it. - Mark Twain

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