a privacy screen
Steps // How to Build an Outdoor Privacy Screen
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Privacy Screen Overview

 
Step One // How to Build an Outdoor Privacy Screen

Privacy Screen Overview

illustration of privacy screen with dimensions
Illustration by Gregory Nemec

Use factory-made lattice panels to simplify construction.

Download and print the cut list.

 
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Assemble the frames

 
Step Two // How to Build an Outdoor Privacy Screen

Assemble the frames

illustration of privacy screen with frame highlighted
Illustration by Gregory Nemec

Cut the ½-inch-thick rails and stiles to length for the frames according to the cut list. The curved top and bottom rails are made from one ½x6 piece, using a flexible wood strip to mark the curve and a jigsaw to make the cut. Dry-fit the parts on a flat surface, with the best-looking side of the board facedown, then fasten the parts using glue and clamps, and structural screws driven through the stiles and into the ends of the rails.

 
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Rout the frame

 
Step Three // How to Build an Outdoor Privacy Screen

Rout the frame

illustration of privacy screen with routed areas of stiles and rails
Illustration by Gregory Nemec

Chuck a ½-inch rabbeting bit with a ball-bearing guide into a router and set the bit depth to the thickness of two lattice strips combined. Rabbet the inside edges of the frame's stiles only. Next, reset the bit to the depth of one strip and rout the inside edges of the three rails.

 
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Attach the lattice

 
Step Four // How to Build an Outdoor Privacy Screen

Attach the lattice

illustration of privacy screen with lattice highlighted
Illustration by Gregory Nemec

Cut the lattice panel in half lengthwise and cut off sections to fit the rabbeted openings. Drop one large and one small panel into the rabbets of the appropriate frame openings, with the strips that run parallel to the rails facing down. Glue and staple the lattice strips to the rabbets. Repeat Steps 2 through 4 to make the two remaining panels.

 
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Connect the Panels

 
Step Five // How to Build an Outdoor Privacy Screen

Connect the Panels

illustration of privacy screen detail of panel connections
Illustration by Gregory Nemec

Using a 3⁄16-inch bit, drill three 1½-inch-deep holes evenly spaced along the outside edge of one panel's stile. Screw an eyebolt into each hole. Do the same with the stile of the adjoining panel, but locate the holes ¼ inch lower than those in the first stile, to overlap the bolts. Repeat for the adjoining stiles. Place a plastic washer between each pair of overlapping eyebolts, and join them with connector nuts and bolts.

 
 

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