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Project by ZED posted 12-19-2011 05:26 PM 1525 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a maple and cherry cover for an entry way radiant heat register. I hope you guys like my “Shop”. I used biscuts to join everything and finished with two coats of poly.

-- A good craftsman is able to make it work with the tools he has, I still need more tools

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#1 posted 12-19-2011 09:50 PM

I like it a lot. I love seeing wood where everyone else has plastic or metal. Just like those wooden light switch covers.

Like your “shop” too. My “shop” is slightly bigger, but a bit too cold, and wet at the moment :-)

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#2 posted 12-20-2011 07:49 AM

Very nice Zed! Just make sure they stay warm, but not too warm. I have been working poly to the 9s lately. Wipe on ply 6 coats using a foam brush but not wiping off try to bet a sweet coat; no streaks. Always dust but then 320 sand between coats. Then #400 sanding #4o steel wool then on to buffing compound. Anyway I am getting poly to look like glass, will post the Ipe box soon. Like your post & keep up the fine work!

-- $tudie

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#3 posted 12-20-2011 12:25 PM

Gerben, I need a better picture of this finished, that one was taken with my phone camera. I made a jig to drill the holes and then used my plunge cut saw to join the holes. I was using my router but it was taking too long to make multiple passes at different depths. I need a warmer, dry (well at least without snow) shop as well right now

Studie, I need to get better finishes with poly. I’m not totally understanding what you wrote. “try to bet a sweet coat” What do you mean? “Always dust” ? as in make sure your dust free, right? What is your buffing compound? I look forward to seeing your upcoming post.

-- A good craftsman is able to make it work with the tools he has, I still need more tools

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#4 posted 12-20-2011 05:10 PM

I like this alot. I have hot water baseboard heating in my house and have often thought of making my own covers. Painting the existing metal covers just isn’t happinin’. You have inspired me to get started. Good work!

-- You know you're getting old when you stoop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you're down there. -- George Burns

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#5 posted 12-22-2011 05:01 PM

I like these. My wife and I have a Chicago syle bungulo with the old boiler heart and BIG rads. Shes been asking me to make cover for the rads I’ll prob use yours and a base design for mine. Thanks and keep up good work.

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