Raised Panel Radiator Cover

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Project by CGMillay posted 03-24-2014 02:11 PM 1287 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Made of Poplar and MDF. My first attempt at raised panels on the table saw. Took some adjustments and plenty of practice on scraps, but turned out in the end. Question for those that use MDF more often than I: Is there a secret to get an MDF cut really smooth? I finally ended up using primer/ sealing it and sanding it once it had dried. Any other secrets other than veneer? Thanks!

-- -Chris, Pennsylvania, Instagram: chris_millay

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 03-24-2014 07:33 PM

Nice radiator cover. I find it best to cover the end with a veneer strip of hardwood…or make a miter joint where both edges come to a corner- no end grain showing

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 03-24-2014 11:27 PM

Usually I put some edge-banding or veneer around the edges if I use MDF as well. This time, I used the MDF on the panels. When cutting the raised panel on a 10* angle, it left a 2”area of exposed MDF. I had a new blade on the table saw, but it still left a pretty “furry” cut. I’m thinking I’ll just use a Poplar panel next time. I’m not a huge fan of MDF….......neither is my wife with all the dust it makes! LoL

-- -Chris, Pennsylvania, Instagram: chris_millay

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#3 posted 03-26-2014 01:22 AM

Not a huge fan of MDF myself but whenever I use it I use a 60 or 80 tooth blade which usually yields a clean cut, then a little light sanding and a sanding sealer to seal the edge before finishing. You can also get different grades of MDF, if your supplier is stocking a “poor grade” it wont give as nice an edge. And the project looks great by the way!

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