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Outdoor Screens

author-gravatar joelav May 13, 2017

My mom wanted some freestanding screens to arrange around a central AC unit on her patio. Instead of doing a simple lattice, I decided to incorporate some kumiko work

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I started with some pretty clear 2x6's

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I jointed and planed them by hand, then ripped them to the appropriate sizes

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Since this is outside, I wanted something with a bit more glue surface than a mortise and tenon, so I chose to do bridles for the corner joinery

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This stack of poplar will be for the kumiko patterns. 

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The result. This is enough strips for 2 panels. about 1" wide and 3/16" thick

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I assembled the frames before cutting the kumiko to length as there is always a slight variance in the internal dimensions. The outside dimensions are about 4 feet wide and 3 feet tall 

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half lap joinery for the grid work. These came out really well

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Using jigs, I cut the appropriate angles in the kumiko and fit them one at a time

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Pattern 1 laid out and glued

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I decided to paint the border colonial red. This added a lot of extra time to the project waiting for paint to cure, but it paid off in the end. It's one of my favorite parts

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I chose a different pattern for the center panel

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Done! 5 coats of an outdoor varnish. I'd estimate there's about 30 hours in each panel. It was a really fun project

2 comments

Absolutely stunning work, Joe!

Nice work, those look excellent. 

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