Radiator Cover for the Sunroom

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Project by MikeGCNY posted 03-29-2011 04:48 AM 2525 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a radiator cover that I built a few years back when I was relatively new to woodworking. I used mostly poplar and some MDF for the construction and then painted it.

This radiator cover was built for the radiator in my sunroom. The radiator is about 6 feet long about 12 inches square. We have steam heat and this radiator kicks off some serious heat.

The top is made from 2 pieces of poplar that are joined together with biscuits. The top has started to cup a bit from the excessive heat. When I built this I did not want to use MDF for the top because I could not get a sheet that big back to my house by myself.

I built this with no real plans. I had the overall dimensions sketched, but besides that had nothing on paper. I did have one design requirement though: that none of the existing woodwork in the room could be touched. I made sure that the cover could later be removed if I choose to build a new one or if we got rid of the steam radiators.

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#1 posted 03-29-2011 05:09 AM

Very nice. I’m in the process of making 2 of these for a friend and I’m worried about the cupping factor. They won’t be this long, but the top will be as wide. Really nice work.

Any suggestions looking back that I should do to prevent the cupping?

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#2 posted 03-29-2011 10:49 AM

If I did it again I would have used MDF or ply. Also, on my other covers, I used a foil and bubble wrap insulation on the inside of the covers and on the wall behind the radiator. I think it’s called ReflectX or something like that. They sell it at Lowes; I have not seen it at HD.

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#3 posted 03-29-2011 08:02 PM

This came out great. Nice job.

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#4 posted 03-30-2011 08:33 PM

wow that looks totally sharp!

a radi-what? i’m from florida. =)

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL,

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#5 posted 03-30-2011 08:40 PM

Slick! I wish I had seen this before I reno’d my sister’s with wainscott! Really nice.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 03-31-2011 05:50 PM

Very professional looking job!

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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