Make a beautiful room divider
Need to break up a large space to define smaller areas? Make this beautiful room divider…
• sticky tape • pencil • scissors • masking tape • carbon paper • pen • drill with 8mm drill bit • jigsaw • ruler or tape measure • screwdriver • combination square • g-clamps
• 1 220 x 3 050mm Xanita board (cut into four 1 525 x 610mm rectangles) • four 100mm T-hinges • six 30mm nylon swivel plate castors • one 22 x 44 x 1 800mm pine plank • template • wood glue • twenty-four 3mm x 20mm screws • 100-grit sandpaper
Tip Use a small jigsaw blade for cutting out the negative spaces as it makes going around curves much easier.
1 Download the template from homemag.co.za (it has been divided into A4 pages that you can stick together) and print. Lay the printed pages out and stick them together with sticky tape. Fill in the areas that didn’t print on the edges of the pages with a pencil, and cut out the template on the outer edge. There are two different designs: one intricate and one simple; we used a combination of both. The more intricate the design, the more time-consuming it is to cut out. 2
2 Use masking tape to attach the template to one of the Xanita board rectangles and trace the design onto the board using the carbon paper and ballpoint pen. You will need to move the carbon paper as you go. Repeat on two more boards. Tip Mark the negative spaces (these are the spaces you will cut out) with an X as you go; this will make it easier when cutting.
3 Using the 8mm drill bit, drill pilot holes in the negative spaces to accommodate the jigsaw blade. >> 3
4 Now carefully cut out all the negative spaces with the jigsaw. Sand the edges when you’re done cutting.
5 Attach the screens to each other with the hinges; attach one 400mm from the base and another one 400mm from the top. Remember that one pair would go on one side of the screens and the other pair on the other side, so your divider can ‘concertina’.
8 Use the wood glue to glue the Xanita pieces in-between two timber pieces with one edge lining up. Make six of these. Use the clamps to apply pressure for about an hour while the glue cures. 8
9 Attach a castor to the base of each leg with the 3mm x 20mm screws. 10 Glue the legs to the base of your screens with wood glue about 150mm from the edges; apply pressure while the glue sets. 5 10 9 6 7
To make the legs (optional)
6 Cut a 44mm strip of Xanita board from the remaining rectangle. Measure and mark six 50mm intervals on the Xanita strip. Measure and mark twelve 150mm intervals on the timber.
7 Clamp the timber to your work surface and cut with a jigsaw. (You can change back to your regular jigsaw blade now). Do the same with the Xanita strip.