Radiator Cover III

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Project by natrous posted 10-12-2010 11:06 PM 3562 views 3 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the final cover for now, although I’m not out of radiators yet!

Like the others, all poplar frame, with a pine top. I’m new at this and I still haven’t been able to come to grips with the cost of lumber. My appreciation for the cost of custom-built furniture, however, has skyrocketed.

The cross-pieces are joined with dowels, which was a first for me. I didn’t want the side lost in the molding, and I wanted to play, so I added the zig-zag around it to keep the frame full-width on the side.

There’s a cleat against the wall that a couple pegs slide into to add stability and strength, since I knew no matter what I said, grandma would let the kids stand on it to look at birds…

All in all, this turned out much better than the first 2.

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

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#1 posted 10-12-2010 11:59 PM

Thanks for sharing. I was just looking at a prospective project in San Francisco and the client asked me about making new radiator covers in bamboo. They are currently metal and wood with 75 years of white paint on them. Thanks for the inspiration. I’ll share my finished product if I have the opportunity to make them.


-- Laguna Bamboo

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#2 posted 12-15-2012 02:39 AM

Looks great, and I like the zig-zags over the baseboard! Have you tried your local lumber salvage businesses, or even Craigslist for wood? I’ve scored some amazing very old wood, much better than most new stuff, at give-away prices. If you don’t already have a planer, it wouldn’t take long to pay for one with your savings if you do a lot of this kind of work Especially for projects that will be painted, where a filled nail hole or two will never show, recycled lumber is a good way to go. Check out the TV stand I just built using ancient redwood with 60 years worth of paint on it. Just a trip through the planer and it was like new, only better than what you can buy today.

-- Skip, Forestville, CA,

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