This simple room divider looks great and is very useful for creating a small
space within a large one.
You could hide your home-office or provide a little privacy when guests stay
over. This design sandwiches a panel between two frames, so you can have a
different colour on each side. You can even choose between solid panels, like
plywood or hardboard, or fabric panels like ours.
We chose pacific maple for our frames, but you could use radiata pine or any
timber of your choice.
Step 1: Cut all of your pieces to length, and mark out the half-lap joints. Use
a sliding mitre saw to cut these, if it has a depth-stop. Alternatively, they
can be cut with a tenon saw, a chisel and a little time and patience.
Step 2: Join all the frames. Monte used
Selleys Aquadhere Durabond, because it’s
a very durable adhesive, that’s easy to clean up, sand and stain. If you’ve
never used it before, you might like to try it on this project. Apply the glue
and clamp each frame until set. Check that each frame is square by measuring the
Step 3: When the glue is dry, sand the faces of the frames, and clean up any
glue from the inside edges. You can stain or paint them at this stage, or leave
the timber raw.
Step 4: Cut your panels to fit the frames. Solid panels (plywood or hardboard)
should be cut the same size as the frames, but fabric or matchstick cane should
be cut smaller. Fix your panels to one frame, and then screw another to it to
form a “sandwich”.
Step 5: Join the three panels together with three butt hinges between each
Be careful not to strip any
screw heads, as they’ll be seen!
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