Step 1: Cut the cover pieces

cutting the cover pieces with saw
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Measure the radiator. Add 4 inches to its width and 2 inches to its height. Cut a piece of MDF to these dimensions; this will be the front cover.

For the sides, measure the radiator's depth. Add 1 inch and cut two pieces of MDF to this width and the same height as the front cover. For the top, cut a piece of MDF ½ inch wider than the sides and 1 inch longer than the width of the front.

On both side pieces and the front piece, mark for the screen openings: Draw lines 3 inches from the top and sides, 4 ½ inches from the bottom. Bore two ½-inch holes inside of opposite corners of the cut lines. Use these holes to start cutting out the screen openings with a jigsaw.

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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill/driver,
      with ½-inch spade bit and countersink bit
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • hand clamps
      Clamps
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • miterbox with saw
      Miter box and handsaw
    • metal cutting snips
      Tin snips
    • staple gun
      Staple gun
    • scribe
      Scribe,
      to contour box around baseboards

    Shopping List

    1. 3/4-INCH MDF

    Measure the front, sides and top of your radiator to determine how much you need.



    2. SCREEN

    Comes in 3-by-3 foot sheets. Get enough to cover the front opening and two side openings.



    3. SHEET METAL

    Slides behind the radiator to reflect heat outward.



    4. 3/4-INCH MOLDING

    to give a finished appearance to the screen openings.



    5. 1 5/8-INCH COARSE DRYWALL SCREWS

    to fasten the cover's sides and front.



    6. 1/2-INCH STAPLES

    to attach the screen to the cover.



    7. WOOD GLUE

    to attach molding.



    8. 4d FINISH NAILS

    for fastening the molding.



    9. 1x SCRAP

    to make cleats that hold the cover's top in place.



    10. FEET

    Check woodworking catalogs for furniture feet in metal or wood. You may need longer screws than the ones provided with the feet in order to fasten them through the thick MDF.