|Project by John||posted 08-31-2015 02:32 AM||947 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
When we bought our house, I knew this radiator cover had to go. Five years later, I finally got around to it. Our home is radiant heat, which we love, but radiators can be unsightly. The previous owner had built several radiator covers throughout the house. While these covers have a lot of effort behind them, I don’t think the previous owner was much of a woodworker, and their age was showing. This is the first of several that will be built over the next few years. The design was a little outside of my comfort zone, but it was wife approved, and she couldn’t have been more right, it really fits the room and the overall style of our home.
The face frame is hand chopped mortise and tenon. The frame is joined to the side panels with hand cut dovetails. I flattened and smoothed the top by hand with my pre-WWII stanleys. I love my power tools, but I am leaning more and more to hand work as my skills progress.
The cover is made of some mahogany that I got a pretty good deal on, the accents are wenge. The grates were purchased several years ago at Lowe’s while on clearance. Just like most of my projects, it is finished with General Finishes Arm R Seal. Love me some wiping varnish.
While I regularly produce projects out of my shop/garage, this is among the first that my wife was genuinely excited about. If all goes to plan, she may force me to work in the shop more often. :) That’s one of those good problems.
Thanks for looking, any questions or critiques are always welcome. Stay safe out there.
-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...