Constructing a Radiator Cover

Create a designer look for your radiators…

Radiators don’t have to be boring. Create a wooden case for it, add a screen and paint. What could be easier or more elegant. Simply follow our step-by-step guide. All you need is your Dremel® TRIO and Dremel® Glue Gun 910 – and off you go!

Constructing a Radiator Cover

Project Process in steps

Step 1
Measure your radiator and buy a piece of MDF. This should measure 13 mm thick and have a total area that’s at least one third larger than the surface area of your radiator. This is in order to give yourself room to cut all the sections for the cover from it. When you get home, mark out the sections with a pencil for your radiator cover top, sides and front.

Constructing a Radiator Cover
Constructing a Radiator Cover

Step 2
Using the Multipurpose Carbide Cutting Bit TR563, cut out your sections. As well as the top, sides and front solid sections, cut out the ventilation holes beneath the top shelf, for the grill and at the base. Set at speed 8.

Constructing a Radiator Cover
Constructing a Radiator Cover

Step 3
Then take your Dremel® TRIO with the Multipurpose Carbide Cutting Bit TR563 and cut out a section of die cut patterned radiator grill hardboard with a minimum thickness of 3 mm. This is to go over the main opening/s on the front of your radiator. Make sure that the section you cut is larger by at least 10 cms than the opening/s on your design.

Constructing a Radiator Cover
Constructing a Radiator Cover

Step 4
Then go back to your MDF cut out section where the patterned radiator grill will be inset and give it a decorative and neat finish by using the Dremel® TRIO and Chamfer Router bit TR618 to bevel the edge of the wood facing outwards. Carry on doing this on all the edges where you want a decorative finish. Use speed 6.

Constructing a Radiator Cover
Constructing a Radiator Cover

Step 5
Lightly sand all the edges which you have cut using the Dremel® TRIO plus Sanding Mandrel TR407 and the P120 Sanding Band TR432.

Constructing a Radiator Cover
Constructing a Radiator Cover

Step 6
Now, with your Dremel® Glue Gun and 7 mm clear glue stick, glue the patterned radiator grill to the reverse of the main MDF face.

Constructing a Radiator Cover
Constructing a Radiator Cover

Step 7
Then with your Dremel® Glue Gun and 7 mm clear glue stick, glue all the sections together, then screw the main face onto the sides and finally screw the top onto the box you have made. Fit over skirting board and pipes to mount against the wall. Using wood filler, fill over screws and any blemishes, then prime, paint and finally secure to wall with internal brackets.

Constructing a Radiator Cover
Constructing a Radiator Cover

Other Supplies

  • Die cut hardboard
  • Primer, white emulsion and satin finish paint
  • Wood
  • Screws
  • Pencil
  • Straight edge
  • Wood filler