Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Quick Project -

There are no com­pli­cated joins in this project, you just glue and screw the pieces to­gether to make a tim­ber frame, then sta­ple the lace fab­ric to the back. Sim­ple!

Gather your sup­plies

• Lace

• 42 x 19mm dressed pine • 20 x 8mm dressed pine • Paint or var­nish (op­tional)

You’ll also need

Hand­saw; scis­sors; sta­ple gun; drill; 65mm screws; wood glue; ham­mer; nails; pli­ers; paint­ing sup­plies (if us­ing)


lf you want to paint or var­nish your fly­screen frame it’s best to do it be­fore as­sem­bly. Ap­ply 2-3 coats of ex­te­rior paint or var­nish to com­po­nents, al­low­ing it to dry be­tween coats.

Here’s how

STEP 1 Mea­sure your win­dow open­ing to find the size of the fly­screen frame. Cut top, base and side pieces for screen frame from 42 x 19mm pine us­ing a hand­saw.

STEP 2 Drill 2 clear­ance holes (see DIY tip) in top and base pieces, 10 and 30mm from each end in top edge, then coun­ter­sink holes for screws.

STEP 3 Ap­ply glue to end of one side piece.

STEP 4 Po­si­tion side against top, predrill through clear­ance holes, then screw through top into side. Re­peat to at­tach other side to top, then glue and screw base piece to sides.

STEP 5 Mea­sure frame to cut lace to size with scis­sors.

STEP 6 Lay screen frame face down and po­si­tion lace on the back. Se­cure lace to frame with sta­ples, pulling fab­ric taut as you work your way around the frame. Trim ex­cess.

STEP 7 Cut 8mm pine to length to cre­ate a smaller butt-joined frame that cov­ers the edges of the lace. Po­si­tion over back of frame, hold nails in place with pli­ers and ham­mer in.

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