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How to Make Lattice Panels

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Used mostly as privacy screens or decorative trellises for plants, lattice has recently made a comeback with a varied range of different styles. Now available ready made, lattice work is even easier to make into panels, arbours and screens using only hand tools, an electric drill and some spare time.

You will need:

  • Prefabricated lattice
  • Saw
  • Measuring tape
  • Drill
  • Galvanised screws
  • Square
  • Wood clamp or braces
  • Metal Strips
  • 25 x 25mm timber for inner frame
  • 100 x 50mm timber for outer frame
  • Hammer
  • Nails

Step One

Measure the lattice or if setting on posts in the ground or against your house, measure the distance between the posts. The measurements should give you the lengths need for the outer frame. Cut to size.

Step Two

Start by clamping the wood and then square each corner. Then nail or screw each corner together. The galvanised screws will not rust and wont stain the wood.

Remove the clamps and attach the metal strips to strengthen the frame. This will add extra durability.

Step Three

Cut the wood for the inner frame to size. Line it up with one edge and predrill holes every 250mm and attach the inner frame to the outer frame itself.

Place the lattice over the inner frame. Cut away any extra edges so it fits snugly inside the frame.

Step Four

If not done already (most prefabricated lattice is already treated) paint or stain the lattice and the frame.

When dry attach to the inner frame using nails or even a nail gun, then using more of the 25 x 25mm timber create another inner frame. Attach it, again predrilling holes every 250mm. The lattice panel is complete.

Step Five

The panels can be attached to the posts using coach screws (counter sink them for a cleaner appearance) and the posts can be placed in the ground, filling the base with gravel and surrounding the posts with quick-dry cement.

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