Step 1: Tools and Materials
what you see here is the second cover I've done. the top is not as nice as the bedroom because the wood was smaller in area and I didn't want to weaken it. For some reason my kids love to stand on the covers in the bedroom and I wasn't going to risk making a pretty but weak cover for the bathroom.
I bought 8" X 1/2" X 10' pine boards at Lowes or Home Depot and used these for the project.
Tools I used are:
A table saw for ripping and cutting the larger boards to size.
A drill, I used a drill press and a hand drill.
I also used a roofing square and combination square to draw my lines and mark my wood for cutting.
Jig saw to cut the vents in the top and sides of the covers.
Hammer and nails
Stain, sand paper and polyurethane to finish the piece.
Step 2: The Radiator to Be Covered
This space is a bit tighter than I had to work with in the bedroom so instead of a six inch wide top, I went to a 3.75 inch wide top. The covers will overlap the heater by about a half inch on either side. I usually make them about 8 inches high. the final dimensions were roughly 40 inches long, 8 inches high and 3.75 inches wide.
Step 3: The Cut Out Pieces
The top was simple, I drew a grid in pencil of 1 inch squares ans drilled 1/2 in holes in the top with a drill press. Now that I know my children don't want to stand on this particular heater I wish I had done something a bit more artistic but I'm not going to lose any sleep over it. The holes let the heat out and that's what they are supposed to do.
The front I drew a nice design in pencil and then drilled holes large enough to put the blade of the jigsaw in and then cut out the pattern. The holes are large enough to promote air flow and although I see all the mistakes and miscuts no one else has been impolite enough to point them out to me. I did hand draw the star in the center on card stock and cut it out to trace on the board so I could make the cut.
Step 4: Finishing the Pieces
Then I nailed them together and put in place.
I like how the wooden covers look and eventually I'll probably do more for other room in the house.