I've finished a cheap-pine prototype of a radiator cover,
Craftsman-style design, and I'm ready to sink the cash into better wood
for the final project. However, I have a couple of questions.
The big one is the heat and cold, and how much wear and tear it'll put
on the finished product. Obviously, I'd like to avoid having the wood
exert itself so much that it splits. But, I'd like to use some nice wood
for the project (either mahoghany, cherry, or quartersawn oak). Are any
of these preferred for their stability in such projects?
Also, I'd like to get some advice for a finish-- something that'll
protect the wood, or stretch and shrink with the heat and cold, or whatever.
(Part of the project will be a sheet-metal backing that will run under
the top of the cover.)