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How to Build a Room Divider to Cover a Large Doorway (page 1 of 2)

Do your houseguests sleep in a common room like the den or living room? Build this decorative room divider to give them comfort and privacy.

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Red and white room divider

Hollow-core doors are lightweight, so they'll be easy to move and store after your houseguests go home. The doors are also inexpensive — about $23 each. This project uses pocket-hole joinery in a couple of steps. If you're not familiar with it, learn how to make a pocket-hole in just a few steps.

Materials and Tools:

1x3 x 8' (1)
1x3 x 6' (1)
1x2 x 6' (3)
1/2-inch washer-head screws
#18 x 1-1/4-inch wire brads
1-1/4-inch coarse thread pocket-hole screws
2-1/2-inch wood screws
3-inch surface-mounted bi-fold hinges (4)
2-inch swivel casters (10)
30-inch six-panel slab doors (3)
wood glue
miter saw or hand saw with miter box
sander/sandpaper
drill/driver and a pocket-hole jig
right-angle pocket-hole clamp
square
measuring tape
semigloss white paint, paintbrushes/rags and painter's tape

Project Cut List:

For the short box sides — 3/4" x 2-1/2" x 16" pieces (10)
For the short box lids — 3/4" x 3-1/2" x 16" pieces (5)
For the box ends — 3/4" x 3-1/2" x 1-3/4" pieces (10)
For the long box sides — 3/4" x 2-1/2" x 23" pieces (4)
For the long box lids — 3/4" x 3-1/2" x 23" pieces (2)

Room Divider Cutlist

Build the Small Caster Boxes

Use Images 1 and 2 as a guide to assemble four small caster boxes. Fasten the pieces together using glue and 1-1/4-inch brads. These boxes are comprised of two short box sides, one short box lid and two box ends. Drill two pocket holes on one end of each long box side. Be sure to position one pocket hole at least 3/4 inch away from one edge.

Build the Large Caster Boxes

Use Images 1 and 2 as a guide to assemble two large caster boxes. Fasten the pieces using glue and 1-1/4-inch brads. Make sure the long box sides are positioned so the pocket holes are visible beyond the edge of the long box lids and are on the opposite end of the box ends. Drill two pocket holes on each end of the two remaining short box sides. Be sure to position one pocket hole at least 3/4 inch away from one edge.

Use Image 5 as a guide to attach these short box sides to the remaining short box lid using glue and 1-1/4-inch brads. Make sure the pocket holes on the short box sides are visible beyond the edge of the short box lids. No box ends are attached to this assembly.

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