In just one day, you can build screens that will block prying eyes but welcome breezes.
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These instructions show you how to make one short screen and one tall screen. For the four-screen composition shown, make two of each.
Cut the posts (A) to length (Project Diagram, Cutting List and Cutting Diagram). Clamp the posts together edge-to-edge with the top ends flush. Across both posts, draw lines that will indicate the top edge of each slat (B) while leaving the spaces shown. Use Project Diagram Drawings 1 and 2 for the tall screen, and Drawings 3 and 4 for the short screen.
Cut the slats (B) to length.
The boards used for the slats have one rough-sawn face and one smooth-planed face. To add rustic texture to the project, we oriented the rough-sawn face to the front.
On a flat surface, position a pair of posts with their outside edges 35-1/2 inches apart and the ends flush. Apply waterproof glue to the posts and arrange the slats on the posts, starting at the top (Project Diagrams). Align the top edge of the top slat with the tops of the posts and each remaining slat with the lines on the posts. As you place each slat, tack it to the posts with two 1-1/2-inch brads or 4d galvanized finish nails. Use a carpenter’s square to check that the slats are 90 degrees to the posts, and let the glue dry. Repeat for additional post and slats.
Before lowering the screen posts into the holes, place 3 inches of gravel in the bottom of each hole to allow drainage.
Lower the posts into the holes, and temporarily prop the screen in place with the help of a friend so it is level and plumb. Fill the remainder of the holes with gravel, packing it in place as you go.
Placing the ends of the posts on gravel instead of on dirt in the bottom of the holes will prolong their life by allowing water to drain away.