Free standing radiator cover

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Project by Renuraki posted 03-03-2013 08:02 PM 3191 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well here goes, now listen before i say too much you guys will have to understand i dont have a fancy doowapdeedo workdshop i have the mainstay carpenters power tools and a couple of folding plastic trestles to work on.
I dont have the fancy cinemagraphic editing tools your man stumpy has or the time/money to produce a grammy award winning short movie that olde Norm was capable of producing.
I do have a willingness to learn and after spending quite a long time “ooohing” and “ahhing” i thought i could add a few of the wee thing i do myself on no more of a budget that a packet of crisps.
I hope you like it.
A year or so ago i was asked to make a few radiator covers for a customer, she wanted them free standing so that she could still hand her went clothes on the radiator but she didnt want the covers the fall on the kids the first time they even waved a crayon at it.
Its an mdf condtruction and the panels are a sheet of 6mm mdf with a fleur de lea design cnc`ed into it, that i bought in my local DIY store.
Its a basic rail and stile frame it was one of my 1st real attempts at this type of joinery and after a few mistakes i got the joints near enough perfect. The outta columns were attatched from the back of the frame and dressed top and bottem with some skirting to add wieght to the look and to make it a little more architectual.
I built 3 in one day that hardest part was painting it. I kept this one as my wife thought it rocked, but i had to paint it. Mdf is easy to work with but a pain to get the routed edges smooth as the fibres swell unevenly as soon as it accepts the paint. So allot of sanding between coats of paint.
All in all i built 3 covers for less than £100 got paid £200 and got a free cover for the wife, it hasnt fallen over yet even with my toddler son run headfirst into it a few times.
If i make another cover i will dress all the cut edges of the mdf with solid timber and then route all joinery and hav my wife on standby with the hoover cause mdf is a dirty thing to work with.
Ive been Joe thanks for listening

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#1 posted 03-03-2013 10:06 PM

Nice looking radiator cover.

How does the mdf hold up to the radiator heat? I made one out of poplar and it was expensive. I’m thinking of using pine for the others.

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#2 posted 03-03-2013 10:33 PM

Thanx for the comments boomer, well I live in a cold climate my wife has the heat on ALOT. There is zero movement in the cover that i can detect, no warping or cupping the joints are as tight as the day they were unclamped.
MDF is a dirty material to work with but its stable and paints well, apart from the routed edges, but again if you are prepared to sand the edges between coats its a good job.
Naterual materials will always be affected by the heat.!

Im making another soon for the living room from oak veneered MDF and im gonna use oak edging to dress the cut edges. I found more pictures of other covers i made and i will upload them as soon as i know how.
Thanx again

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 03-04-2013 08:52 AM

Good job.

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-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 03-06-2013 03:51 PM

They are beautiful and sturdy. Like the design and the build. Well done!

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#5 posted 05-10-2013 07:24 PM

nice work mate , i also make rad covers from time to time, great little sellers. Bob in Galway

-- Ireland, Galway .... fingers! "we dont sell them"

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