Design & Decor - Landscaping

Privacy panels for your garden

By
Paul Lewis
Photography by
Mark Burstyn

Garden privacy is just around the corner with these easy-to-build panels

PARTSIZEQTY.
Panel A Sides1 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 96"4
Panel B Sides1 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 84"4
Panel C Sides1 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 72"4
Panel D Sides1 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 60"2
Crosspieces1 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 17"20
Retaining strips 1/2" x 1/2" x cut length to fit.
Lattice panels 16 3/4" wide x cut length to fit.
Short top caps1 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 21 1/2"5
Long top cap1 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 41 1/2"1
#8 2 1/2" screws.67
#8 3 1/2" screws.28
1 1/2" nails.approx. 200 pcs.

Finish
Ideally, let the wood weather for a season before applying a finish, regardless of the finish you choose. A semi-transparent stain and sealer were used here.

Outdoor wood is best protected from exposure with an opaque finish, but the beauty of the grain is lost. A semi- transparent stain is a nice compromise between the beauty of a clear finish and the durability of an opaque one.

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