Wood Wall Divider

Wood Wall Divider

Carmen De La Paz shows you how to make a wood screen divider that will fit in a room with an 8-foot ceiling.


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Difficulty: Intermediate

Materials
(2) 1” x 4” x 8’ pine lumber
(2) 1” x 4” x 30” pine lumber
(2) 1” x 4” x 28” pine lumber
(2) 1” x 4” x 19 1/2” pine lumber
(4) 1” x 4” x 15” pine lumber
(4) 1” x 4” x 12” pine lumber
(4) 1” x 4” x 11” pine lumber
(2) 1” x 4” x 6 1/2” pine lumber
(2) 1” x 4” x 6 1/2” scrap lumber jigs
Brad nail gun with 16-gauge 1 1/2” brads
Wood glue
Sandpaper sponge – medium grit
(4) 12” bar clamps
(2) Right-angled jig
Tape measure
Pencil
Rubber mallet
Wood stain – color of your choice
Paintbrush
Dry rag
Rubber gloves
4’ Level
Drill with a Phillips head bit
(8) 2” Wood screws

Instructions

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Note: The wall divider will be built up in sections. Each section will show a diagram with the pieces of lumber (aka “sticks”) to be added and/or constructed highlighted in red. The pieces of lumber needed for each section will also be listed. Refer to the diagrams for reference as you follow the steps.

Preparing the Lumber:

  1. Use a sand sponge to smooth off any rough edges on all your pieces of lumber
  2. Put on rubber gloves. In a well-ventilated area, stain all the pieces of lumber with a wood stain color of your choice. Apply the stain sparingly with a paintbrush and rub off the excess with a dry rag as you go. Work in small sections for an even finish. Allow the stain to dry before moving on to the construction steps (See image below)


    Constructing the Outer Frame:
  3. You will need (2) 1” x 4” x 8’ pine lumber and (2) 1” x 4” x 30” pine lumber. Place the lumber in a rectangle with the 30” sticks on the outside of the frame.
  4. Apply a line of wood glue at one corner and press the two pieces of lumber together. Place a 90-degree jig in the corner to ensure the lumber is at a right angle and temporarily hold in place with two bar clamps (See image below)
  5. Use a nail gun with 16-gauge 1 1/2” brads to permanently secure the corner (See image below)
  6. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 for each corner to complete the frame

    Constructing the 3-sided Rectangle with Extension:
  7. You will need (1) 1” x 4” x 15” pine lumber, (1) 1” x 4” x 12” pine lumber, (2) 1” x 4” x 11” pine lumber. Line up an 11” stick at 90-degrees to the inner edge of the 15” stick, applying a line of wood glue first between where the two pieces meet.  Place a 90-degree jig in the corner to ensure the lumber is at a right angle and temporarily hold in place with two bar clamps. Use a nail gun with (4) 16-gauge 1 1/2” brads to permanently secure the corner. Repeat on the opposite side to make a 3-sided rectangle
  8. With a tape measure and pencil, mark the center of the 15” stick. This will be where the 12” stick attaches at 90 degrees. Apply a line of glue along one end of the 12” stick and press it up against the 15” stick. Place a 90-degree jig on either side of the 12” stick to ensure it is lined up correctly. Hold the jigs in place with bar clamps. Permanently secure the 12” stick to the 15” using a nail gun with 16-gauge 1 1/2” brads
  9. Place the assembled 3-sided rectangle with extension inside the outer frame. Place 6 1/2” wood jigs on either side of the fork to center it properly. Apply a line of wood glue along the ends of each 11” stick and press them onto the 30” side of the outer frame. Position a 90-degree jig inside the 3-sided rectangle to ensure you have a right angle where it meets the frame (See image below)
  10. Permanently secure the 11” sticks to the 30” frame using a nail gun with (4) 16-gauge 1 1/2” brads per side. Once the 3-sided rectangle is securely in place, remove the 6 1/2” wood jigs

    Adding a Cross Support:
  11. You will need (1) 1” x 4” x 28” pine lumber. Apply a line of wood glue to each end of the 1” x 4” x 28” lumber (cross support). Also apply a line of wood glue to the end of the extension piece. Place the cross support inside the frame so it is at 90 degrees to the extension piece. Position a 90-degree jig on each side of the fork to ensure you have a right angle where the extension piece meets the newly placed cross support. Permanently secure the cross support in place using a nail gun with (4) 16-gauge 1 1/2” brads in each end and down the middle where it meets the extension piece (See image below)


    Constructing the Inner Box:
  12. You will need (2) 1” x 4” x 19 1/2” pine lumber and (2) 1” x 4” x 15” pine lumber. Place the lumber in a rectangle with the 15” pieces on the outside of the box
  13. Apply a line of wood glue at one corner and press the two pieces of lumber together. Place a 90-degree jig in the corner to ensure the lumber is at a right angle and temporarily hold in place with two bar clamps
  14. Use a nail gun with 16-gauge 1 1/2” brads to permanently secure the corner
  15. Repeat Steps 11 and 12 for each corner to complete the box

    Attaching the Inner Box to the Frame:
  16. You will need (2) 1” x 4” x 6 1/2” pine lumber and (1) 1” x 4” x 12” pine lumber. With a tape measure and pencil, mark the center of a 15” stick on the inner box. This will be where the 12” stick attaches at 90 degrees. Apply a line of glue along one end of the 12” stick and press it up against the 15” stick. Place a 90-degree jig on either side of the 12” stick to ensure it is lined up correctly. Hold the jigs in place with bar clamps. Permanently secure the 12” stick to the 15” using a nail gun with (4) 16-gauge 1 1/2” brads
  17. Apply a line of wood glue along the end of the 12” stick and place the inner box inside the frame with the 12” stick flush with the cross support from Step 9
  18.  Measure along each 19 1/2” side of the inner box and mark the center
  19.  Apply wood glue to both ends of a 1” x 4” x 6 1/2” stick and place it between the inner box and outer frame at the center mark from Step 16. Repeat on the opposite side with the second 1” x 4” x 6 1/2” stick
  20. Once all the pieces are in place, permanently secure the 12” stick to the cross support using a nail gun with (4) 16-gauge 1 1/2” brads. You will need to angle the nail gun at 45 degrees through the top of the 12” stick, into the cross support from both sides (See images below)
  21.  Secure the 6 1/2” pieces to the inner box and outer frame using a nail gun with (4) 16-gauge 1 1/2” brads on each side (See image below)


    Attaching a Cross Support and 12” Stick:
  22. You will need (1) 1” x 4” x 12” pine lumber and (1) 1” x 4” x 28” pine lumber. Use a tape measure to find the center point along the 15” side of the inner box and mark with a pencil. Apply wood glue to one end of the 12” stick and press it up to the mark. Place 90-degree jigs on either side of the 12” stick to make sure it is at right angles to the side of the inner box. Permanently secure in place using a nail gun with (4) 16-gauge 1 1/2” brads through the side of the inner box, into the 12” stick
  23. Apply wood glue to the opposite end of the 12” stick and to both ends of the 28” cross support. Place the cross support inside the frame so it’s flush with the 12” stick from Step 22. Place 90-degree jigs on either side of the 12” stick to make sure the cross support is at right angles. Permanently secure the cross support in place using a nail gun with (4) 16-gauge 1 1/2” brads through each side of the outer frame into the cross support. Also add 4 brad nails where the cross support meets the 12” stick

    Constructing and Attaching the 3-sided Rectangle:
  24.  You will need (1) 1” x 4” x 15” pine lumber and (2) 1” x 4” x 11” pine lumber. Line up an 11” stick at 90 degrees to the inner edge of the 15” stick, applying a line of wood glue first between where the two pieces meet. Place a 90-degree jig in the corner to ensure the lumber is at a right angle and temporarily hold in place with two bar clamps. Use a nail gun with (4) 16-gauge 1 1/2” brads to permanently secure the corner. Repeat on the opposite side to make a 3-sided rectangle
  25.  Place the assembled 3-sided rectangle inside the outer frame so it is flush with the 30” side. Place a 6 1/2” wood jig on either side of the rectangle to center it properly. Apply a line of wood glue along the ends of each 11” stick and press them onto the 30” side of the outer frame. Position a 90-degree jig inside the rectangle to ensure you have a right angle where it meets the frame
  26. Permanently secure the 3-sided rectangle to the outer frame using a nail gun with (4) 16-gauge 1 1/2” brads through the side of outer frame, into each 11” stick

    Placing the Final Piece:
  27. You will need (1) 1” x 4” x 12” pine lumber. Apply wood glue to both ends of the 12” stick. Place the stick between the 28” cross support and 3-sided rectangle. Since this is the last piece, it will be a snug fit. If needed, use a rubber mallet to coax it into position. Place 90-degree jigs on either side of the 12” stick to ensure it is at a right angle to the cross support and 3-sided rectangle. Permanently secure in place using a nail gun with (4) 16-gauge 1 1/2” brads through the 3-sided rectangle and with brad nails at a 45-degree angle into the cross support
  28. Allow the wood glue to dry before moving onto the next steps. Drying times will vary, so check the label on your wood glue bottle for reference

    Securing the Constructed Frame in Your Living Space:
  29. Position the frame in your living space using a rubber mallet to coax it into place. It will be a snug fit between the floor and the ceiling. Check to make sure it is straight with a 4’ level
  30. Once the frame is in your desired position, secure in place using a drill with a Phillips head bit and (4) 2” wood screws through the bottom of the base and into the floor. Repeat adding (4) 2” wood screws through the top of the frame and into the ceiling

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