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How to Build a Wooden Lattice Screen

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This western red cedar lattice fencing was a one-day project designed to screen the home recycling center. Western red cedar is naturally weather-resistant and repels insects, making it a perfect choice for this outdoor project. Download PDF Plans Click here for more woodworking projects featuring Tommy MacDonald.
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Always wear eye protection when drilling and using power tools. Follow the safety instructions that came with the table saw.


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Step 1: Project overview.
This western red cedar fencing is built using two 8-foot 4 X 4s as posts. Two 2 X 4s have dado slots cut to receive 3/4-inch tongue-and-groove boards, which are cut from 8-foot lengths. The two 4 X 4 posts have dado slots cut into them, as well, which will secure the boards. The lattice top is made from 3/4-inch X 1 1/2-inch stock ripped from a 6-foot length of 1 X 6.

Western red cedar was chosen for its naturally resistant properties.


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Step 2: Cut a rabbit into the 4 x 4 posts.
A rabbit will be cut into the entire length of both 4 x 4 posts, using a dado stack on a table saw. The rabbit will secure the tongue-and-groove boards. Set the dado stack 5/8-inch wide, with a 1/2-inch depth. Cut the rabbit along the length of both posts.

Cut the 5/8-inch-wide, 1/2-inch-deep rabbit along the length of the post.


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Step 3: Cut a rabbit into the 2 X 4 cross pieces.
Use the same dado stack settings to cut a rabbit into the 2 X 4 cross pieces. The cross pieces will also secure the tongue-and-groove boards.

The tongue-and-groove boards will fit into the rabbits cut into both the post and the cross piece.


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Step 4: Drill 3/4-inch countersunk holes into the posts.
Using a Forstner bit, drill two 3/4-inch countersink holes into each 4 X 4 post. The Forstner bit cuts a flat-bottomed hole, which is perfect for counter-sinking lag bolts. Lag bolts will be used to secure the 2 X 4 cross pieces to the posts.

Use a Forstner bit to drill two countersink holes in each post.


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Step 5: Drill 5/16-inch pilot holes through the center of the countersunk holes.
Drill a 5/16-inch pilot hole through the center of each of the countersunk holes in both posts. You will not need to drill pilot holes into the 2 X 4 cross pieces.

Drill pilot holes through the center of each countersunk hole.


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Step 6: Secure the lag bolts through the post and cross pieces.
Using a 7/16-inch socket, screw the four lag bolts through the pilot holes in the posts and into the 2 X 4 cross pieces. Securing the cross pieces to the posts will complete assembly of the fencing frame.

Screw the lag bolts through the posts and into the cross pieces.


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Step 7: Build the box for the lattice grill.
To build the box for the lattice grill, use 1/2-inch stock ripped from 2 X 4s. Inside the box frame, nail three 1/2-inch X 5/8-inch horizontally spaced lattice bars in place. For this project, a 7/8-inch spacer was used to evenly set the distance.

Use a 7/8-inch spacer between the three horizontal bars.


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Step 8: Nail the vertical lattice bars into place.
The vertical lattice bars in this project are 1 1/2-inch X 5/8-inch stock ripped from 1 X 6 boards. Set each piece in position using a spacer bar. Nail each bar into place using stainless-steel brads.

Nail each vertical lattice bar into place with brads.


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Step 9: Fasten the lattice to the posts.
Slide the newly constructed lattice into place between the two posts. Center the lattice sides along the post, and fasten the lattice to the post with brads set every 6 inches. Continue fastening until the lattice is secured to the fence posts.

Center the lattice sides along the post and fasten in place with a nailer.


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Step 10: Secure the post caps to the posts.
Use a nailer to fasten the post caps onto the top of the posts.

Fasten the post caps to the posts.


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Step 11: Install the fencing.
The lattice fencing is now ready for installation. Installation for such a piece typically involves digging holes for the posts and setting the posts in either cement or gravel. However you choose to install the fencing, be sure to use a level to check that the fence is level and plumb.

Make sure the fence is level and plumb.


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Text by Benjamin Hardy
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