This step by step diy woodworking project is about radiator cover plans. If you want to learn more about building a wooden radiator cover we recommend you to take a look over the instructions described in the article. Always adjust the size of the cover to suit your needs. Work with good judgement and don’t forget to take a look over the rest of the related plans, as there are many designs and woodworking projects to select from.
Work with attention and don’t forget that a good planning will save you from many issues and it will keep the costs withing the total budget. Invest in high quality materials, such as pine, redwood or cedar. Drill pocket holes before inserting the galvanized screws, to prevent the wood from splitting. Add waterproof glue t the joints, in order to enhance the rigidity of the structure. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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Radiator Cover Plans
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- A – 4 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 26″ long LEGS
- B – 4 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 5 1/4″ long SUPPORTS
- C – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 19″ long BALUSTER
- D – 13 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 32″ long RAILS
- E – 1 piece of 1×12 lumber – 33 1/2″ long TOP
- 1 piece of 1×3 lumber – 10 ft
- 1 piece of 1×4 lumber – 10 ft
- 5 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 8 ft
- 1 piece of 1×12 lumber – 3 ft
- 2 1/2″ screws
- 1 1/4″ screws
- wood putty, wood stain
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Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level
Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander
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Building a radiator cover
The first step of the project is to build the frame for the side panels. Use 1×3 lumber for the vertical legs and 1×4 lumber for the horizontal components. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the horizontal supports and secure them to the legs using 1 1/4″ screws.
Make sure the corners are square and add glue to enhance the bond of the components. Check if the edges are perfectly flush.
Build the rail out of 1×4 lumber. Cut the component at the right size and smooth the edges with fine-grit sandpaper. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the rail and secure it to the frame using 1 1/4″ screws. Make sure the edges are flush and add glue to the joints.
In order to assemble the frame of the radiator cover, we recommend you to fit the components to the front face of the structure. Cut the components out of 1×2 lumber and secure them to the sides using 1 1/4″ screws, after drilling pilot holes. Add glue to the joints make sure you place the rails equally-spaced.
Build the top component out of 1×12 lumber. Smooth the edges using fine-grit sandpaper and center the structure to the component, as described in the diagram. Drill pocket holes along the frame and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the top.
Alternatively, you could drill pilot holes through the top and insert finishing nails or screws into the frame of the radiator cover. Add glue to the joints and remove the excess with a damp cloth.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the project and to protect the radiator cover from decay, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain. Place the radiator cover in a proper location and move it whenever necessary.
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