Pair of Radiator Covers

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Project by Rxmpo posted 05-06-2011 04:57 AM 3323 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are a set of radiator covers I was commissioned to make for a close friend and his wife. I drew up a few plans on sketchup and we worked out the details before beginning the build. The wood is hard maple. The top is attached with figure 8 clips and I added a screen on the inside to camouflage the radiator covers. The entire piece was made using mortise & tenon joinery. (Broke the steel pin in my mortiser’s arm in the process of making all of these joints.) The large piece measures ~47”x10”x27” and the smaller one measures ~28”x10”x27”. Each top has a gentle curve that we not as easy as I thought to draw. Thanks to my wife’s great idea we were able to draw a curve on the templet.

The finish was tricky. I applied a sealer coat (thanks to WW videos) to help prevent blotchy finish. First time using maple and I was concerned about all that I had read about the staining issues. Next I used a Mahogany gel stain. The colors were difficult to get consistent so I applied a very liberal amount of the gel stain and then wiped it off using a mineral spirits drenched rag. This left a very interesting light reddish color. Next i added a few coats of a water based Walnut color stain/poly mix to darken the color. Finally, 2 coats of gloss poly.

Feedback is always welcome. Thanks for looking.

PS~ Thank you Danny and Amy.

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#1 posted 05-06-2011 05:18 AM

Great craftsmanship and finish!

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#2 posted 05-06-2011 10:11 AM

You hit this one out of the park Mike! I can’t say enough about how professional-looking these units are. Wonderful craftmanship. The slats make them lineal by nature so the curved front top makes for a great compliment and design element. Then, you set that off with a nice choice for the routed edge. Whatever issues you had with the staining process, you got past it because the finish looks great. Your efforts paid off. These are pieces any woodworker would be proud to call their own.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#3 posted 05-06-2011 10:59 AM

Perfect ! Great finish work as well! You hit this one out of the park!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 05-07-2011 09:33 PM

Nice finish on that piece.

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