Radiator covers, mdf necessary?


Old 02-13-07, 10:30 AM
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Question Radiator covers, mdf necessary?

I'm going to build myself some radiator covers. I can't find the exact plan that I like, but the general idea is a wooden frame with patterned aluminum screening for the front, with a top and two sides (maybe with screening, maybe without,not sure). This is what I had in mind http://www.easy2diy.com/cm/easy/diy_ht_index.asp?page_id=35720342

My question is...do I need to build these out of mdf like some of the sites I've seen recommend? I don't really want to work with that stuff. I was going to manage with 1X4 and 1X6 pine, unless someone tells me I'll definitely run into trouble.

Also, anyone know where I can get a good plan for one of these?

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Old 02-13-07, 03:27 PM
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You could build it out of either wood. I think using dimension lumber would give you a more solid unit. IMO I would also consider a slot or two on top to allow the bulk of the heat out. If you really want to radiate heat, line the wall behind your cover with aluminum flashing. If you are limited to 1x4 or 1x6, you may have to edge join a couple of pieces in order to give the proper clearance of an inch or more on all sides.
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