Step 6: Attach the feet

attaching the front cover to the sides using drill and screws
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Spread wood glue onto the front edge of the side panel. Hold the front cover against the side panel, forming a 90-degree angle. Join the two pieces together with four 1 -inch drywall screws, sinking their heads just below the surface. Attach the other side panel in the same manner.

Cut triangle-shaped MDF blocks for attaching metal adjustable feet. Measure from the floor to the bottom of the radiator fins. Measure the height of the radiator's feet. Subtract the first measurement from the second. The remainder is the distance from the bottom of the cover to the underside of the blocks. Place the blocks inside the front corners of the cover. Drill pilot holes, then glue and screw the blocks through the cover's sides and front. Next, screw the feet to the blocks.

Set the cover over the radiator and adjust the feet to level it. Use a scribe to transfer the contours of the wall's baseboard to the cover's sides. Cut along these lines with a jigsaw to create a tight fit over the baseboard.
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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.