Slatted Patio Wall With Planter Boxes
Instead of using lattice on your patio, try this easy-to-make slatted wall.
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The wall provides separation from the rest of the yard and helps create an intimate seating area.
Materials and Tools:
3/4" khaya wood (mahogany)
Note: Measurements will vary depending on your space.
1. Cut down the wood to the following dimensions:
2. Mark one inch from the long edge of both vertical framing pieces. Attach the spines with glue and nails at the one-inch mark so that they're centered on the vertical pieces.
3. Make a mark every nine inches along the spine, starting a couple inches from the top. This is where the top of each slat will attach. Be sure the marks alternate between being on the inside and outside of the spine.
4. Turn one of the spines to the side and place the first slat at one of your marks so that it rests on the spine like a rabbet groove. Using a speed square will help ensure the boards are nice and even. Nail it into place.
5. Continue attaching half of the slats onto the first frame, staggering their location to every other mark, so that the remaining slats can fit in between.
6. Flip the frame over and attach the remaining slats in between the slats that are already attached, so that they're resting on the opposite side of the spine.
7. Secure the slats to the other frame, keeping the same staggered pattern.
8. Attach the horizontal pieces to the top and bottom of the frame.
9. Now it's time to install the slat wall. Place it in the desired location, so that it's nice and snug. Check to make sure it's level.
11. Now you can dress up the slat wall with hanging flower boxes or any other decorative touch.
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