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Forum topic by MsFixIt posted 04-29-2014 10:09 PM 1177 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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04-29-2014 10:09 PM

I’m starting – attempting rather – to build a radiator cover. I saw the prices and thought, umm, no. I have a customer “metal” cover on this radiator right now but all the furniture (tables, etc) are all WOOD. So I got the idea to do my own. I’m fairly handy. Own – and fixed/maintained – my own (old) house for 17 years – and I’m not afraid to try things.

My first issue is …. what would you suggest as the best (and nicest but not too expensive) wood be for this project. I also assume I should keep it all the same wood. That is my preference as I want to stain it and I want it to be uniform (and tips on doing a proper staining job would be appreciated).

Also, as all my other furniture was purchased, I worry about finding the right color stain. Each piece was listed as “cherry” but this is no way the same “cherry” as is listed on a Minwax. Truthfully, it looked more like “Bombay Mahogany” (a dark red/brown – where the main base color is a brown and the top layer or so reddish). Could these pieces have been painted rather than stained???

Anyway I put two coats of the bombay mahogany on a spare piece of (unstained/unfinished) wood I had in the house and the color doesn’t look anywhere close. Truthfully, the color was MUCH lighter (even with two coats) then what they showed on the cover of the can.

Any help would be appreciated!


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#1 posted 05-01-2014 01:45 AM

Just read your questions, will offer the following information for you consideration;
For your first question, I personally would be cautious about using wood for a radiator cover, the constant heat source in winter, followed by moist are in the summer will probably cause warping and splitting. In my opinion, wood is not the best choice of material for covering a radiator.
As for your second set of questions, if you agree with me in my first response, then staining wood is a moot point. If you choose to use wood however, no one stain or dye looks the same on all woods. Most displays show stained oak, some also use pine. Don’t know what wood you used, and without photos, can’t answer about whether your furniture is painted or stained. But if stained, you should be able to see some grain patterns, where paint would cover this aspect of wood.
Hope this helps, best I can offer for assistance.

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