Radiator Cover #2

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Project by Rxmpo posted 03-01-2008 09:05 AM 2779 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Like I said, my friend is a gifted musician who only plays in his spare time, so to see the look on he and his wife’s face when I delivered this cover to the was priceless. I made the G-Clef using a template that I drew on a 1/4 MDF and used my router to cut it out of a solid piece of poplar. Since, I didn’t and still do not own a band saw, this was my best option. Not the easiest way of doing it and certainly there are better ways, but I am pleased with the result. They loved the covers and even gave me a donation which covered my Jet ambient air filter!!! Got to design and build two radiator covers and got a tool as a result…Priceless!!! Thanks Paul & Julie.

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#1 posted 03-01-2008 09:11 AM

Came out really nice. I didn’t think that they still used radiators. I am assuming it’s the heat for the room? Anyway your cover is cool.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 03-01-2008 12:33 PM

how clever! And it is SO cute. My daughter teaches music and I’m trying to remember what her classroom is like.. maybe there’s something begging to be covered like this.
This is great and congrats on the new tool!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 03-01-2008 12:51 PM

“C” not “G” FWIW

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#4 posted 03-01-2008 12:57 PM

Very nice. Your covers add a focal point of interest to the room.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 03-01-2008 02:17 PM

Very nice. That is the coolest heater I’ve seen.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#6 posted 03-01-2008 03:38 PM

i like that. very inventive and well executed. also a nice use of the available tools. well done.

-- Greg, CT

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#7 posted 03-01-2008 04:28 PM

I’ve got a few radiators in my house… looks like new projects being added to the list.
thanks for the inspiration, both came out fantastic!

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#8 posted 03-01-2008 04:36 PM

I can’t believe you cut that out with a router! Sweet!

Cajunpen, you have to look a little farther north than Metairie to find radiators. LOL.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 03-01-2008 06:42 PM

Love the G Clef!!! I wouldn’t have thought to mix a theme into a lavatory, but this one is a true beauty! Nice work!

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#10 posted 03-02-2008 05:50 AM

Thanks for all the kind words. Willabbyproject, you’re right. This was the second of the two covers, so we got a little more creative.


I asked for some advice on the “knots” section of about building radiator covers before starting this project. Although I didn’t use it b/c this was my second project and I thought this might be little too much for me to design and incorporate in the build, maybe it could work for you? FYI

“I had to build a flock of wood radiator covers a long time ago, and I was surprised to learn how much wood covers impede heat transfer from the radiator.

I found out that you can bring back much of the heat efficiency by doing two things:

1) Build your enclosure with a solid top, but in a way that you can cover the bottom (of the top) with sheet metal (aluminum sheets work fine)—with the one edge attached to the back, and the rest of the sheet curved over and attached to the front. None of this is visible from the outside.

Make sure there is a 2-3” space at the bottom of your cover. This promotes heat convection, with the sheet metal expelling he hot air from the top of the cover, and the space at the bottom taking in cooler air.

2) Make the cover so you can fit a piece of 1/2 or 3/4” foil faced insulation at the back of the unit. Again, this is not visible when the radiator cover is in place, but it helps considerably in radiating heat outward, especially since most radiators are placed on exterior walls.

I have built radiator covers for my own house using these techniques, and they work very well. “

PS-Sorry grumpy, it is a G-Clef.

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#11 posted 03-03-2008 09:06 PM

Not that I need to tell you but you are of course correct. What was I thinking? This is why I have to bend nails for a living instead of playing music. <bg> I should have also mentioned that that is a nice piece!

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#12 posted 01-05-2009 09:14 PM

Feels like I ought to say, “groovy”. I hope your friend plays hot jazz… Very cool!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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