Another Screen

The screen shown in the accompanying illustration is made of burlap and plain-sawed oak. The stock list follows:

  • 2 posts, 1-1/2 by 1-1/2 by 40 in., S-4-S.

  • 2 base pieces, 3 by 3 by 12-1/2 in., S-4-S.

  • 2 horizontals, 3/4 by 4-1/4 by 38 in., S-2-S.

  • 1 horizontal, 3/4 by 1-1/2 by 38 in., S-2-S.

  • 1 vertical, 3/4 by 1-3/4 by 20 in., S-2-S.

  • 4
    braces, 1-1/8 by 4-1/4 by 6-1/2 in., S-2-S.

The two base pieces may be shaped first. The drawing shows the form and the dimensions. Make use of a face edge in laying out the mortises in the base pieces for the uprights, before these face edges are removed to make the slanting sides.

Work the verticals to length, laying out and cutting the tenons at the bottoms, and shaping the tops as shown.

Lay out and shape the three horizontals as shown, working the tenons upon the ends of each and the mortises in the lower two for the tenons of the middle vertical.

For the braces, secure a face edge on each piece and square one end of each to that. Lay off the curve free-hand upon one block and cut it out. Use this block as a pattern or template to lay off the others.

Thoroughly scrape and sandpaper all the parts, [95] then assemble them, using clamps and good hot glue. Take care to see that there is no warp in the frame as it lies in the clamps. After the glue on the frame has hardened, remove the clamps and attach the base blocks and the braces. The braces are secured by means of round-head screws.

Plain-Oak Frame with  Burlap Panels Plain-Oak Frame with Burlap Panels

Remove the surplus glue and then apply a finish as desired.

For the paneling, frames will be needed about which to fasten the burlap. These may be made of [96] 1/2-in, soft wood and the following pieces will be necessary:

  • 2 pieces, 1/2 by 2 by 36 in., S-2-S.

  • 2 pieces, 1/2 by 2 by 8 in., S-2-S.

  • 4 pieces, 1/2 by 2 by 18 in., S-2-S.

  • 4 pieces, 1/2 by 2 by 19 in., S-2-S.

Make these frames enough smaller than the openings they are to occupy to allow for burlap and tacks. These frames are held in place by putting fixed nails in the top of each frame before the burlap is attached. Holes are bored in the rails to correspond to them. The lower edges of the frames are held in place by nails inserted up through the rails upon which the frames rest.

Detail of the Frame Detail of the Frame