Radiator Cover/ Window Bench

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Project by John posted 08-31-2015 02:32 AM 1616 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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...

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#1 posted 09-01-2015 02:30 AM

This might be the nicest radiator cover I’ve ever seen. I too had always planned to build some for one of our houses with radiant heat, but there was always too much else to do, so never did. I did remove and toss a few old ones. Anyway, this is great.

-- Noel

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#2 posted 09-01-2015 09:46 AM

Thanks. Like my wife says the pictures don’t do it justice. I should work on my photography akills. :)

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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#3 posted 09-01-2015 03:56 PM

Very nice upgrade….........Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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