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How to Build a Decorative Screen

Carter Oosterhouse shows how to add a custom screen for a separation of space, as well as a unique element to a room.

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  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard


Step 1: Cut and Attach the Wood

Cut all of the wood down to size. Place one of the horizontal beams at the top between two vertical beams. Attach with 2-inch nails. Make sure that the horizontal beams are flush with the vertical.

Step 2: Place a Second Beam

Measure down 17-1/4 inches, and place a second horizontal beam. Do this all the way down until you reach the bottom.

Step 3: Rabbet a Groove

Once you have a section complete, take the router and rabbet a groove 3/8" wide x 1/2" deep on the inside of each square section.

Step 4: Sand the Cross Pieces

Sand the tops of the 1/4-inch cross pieces so that they're rounded and smooth. Make sure each piece fits diagonally into the corners of each square.

Step 5: Form an 'X'

Place two cross-sections in each square so they form an X. Use 1-inch brads to secure to the frame. Repeat in the remaining squares.

Step 6: Place the Facing

Place the facing on the horizontal and vertical pieces. This will hide the grooves and the ends of the cross pieces from sight, cleaning it up to be a solid, clean piece. Repeat steps 2-5 until you have four identical sections.

Step 7: Attach the Sections

When finished, paint the sections. To attach them, use 3-inch non-mortise hinges at the three middle horizontal beams.

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