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My first woodworking project. Been done for a few weeks now - just got around to posting the pics.
Made two of them. Entire project was made from select pine (see the giant knot in one of the slats… :-/)
Had major orange peel problems when applying Safecoat Acrylac with HVLP sprayer, so i had to brush on subsequent coats. Woud've liked a smoother finish. Took about two weekends to complete.

comments and critiques welcome!

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Nice clean lines. Are you making other matching ones for other radiators? That'd really give you a cohesive look throughout the house!

Did you glue the knot in place, or is it loose? Just wondering about expansion/contraction from heat cycling?

Did you put any sort of heat plate or heat reflective surface on the back side to direct the heat into the room?

How did you join everything?

Sorry for so many questions, but did you sand between brush coats? If not, you could always sand it down and continue applying a couple more coats, with sanding in between if you're worried about the lack of smoothness on the finish.
 

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Nice clean lines. Are you making other matching ones for other radiators? That'd really give you a cohesive look throughout the house!
Thanks. Yep - made these two identical ones for the living room. Wife highly approves, so I've got about 7 or 8 more to make in varying sizes

Did you glue the knot in place, or is it loose? Just wondering about expansion/contraction from heat cycling?
I had glued it before any of the painting or finishing.

Did you put any sort of heat plate or heat reflective surface on the back side to direct the heat into the room?
Not yet, but planning on it. The wood alone seems do direct the heat away from the windows through the slats.

How did you join everything?
Everything is joined with pocket screws, except the slats. I cut rabbets out of the ends of them, then fixed them to the back of the rails with a staple gun and a dab of glue.

Sorry for so many questions, but did you sand between brush coats? If not, you could always sand it down and continue applying a couple more coats, with sanding in between if you're worried about the lack of smoothness on the finish.
I did, but it was the last mile of the project, and the finish was really hard. I sanded a bit just to make it "acceptable", but I'm still going for that "pro" finish in future projects.
 
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