Learn to make a DIY wood window screen the easy way on this post.Instead of hiring someone to assemble window screens, you alone can finish a DIY window screen in just one day.Read on to get it started!
8 Easy Steps to Make a DIY Wood Window Screen
Before going through the eight steps, prepare the basic tools and supplies needed to make a wood window screen.That includes:
- Tape Measure
- Table and Miter Saw
- Biscuit Joiner
- Router Bit
- Paint and Brush
- Nails and Screws
- Wood Glue
- KregPocket Hole Jig
- Fiberglass Screen Mesh
When everything is all set,you can now proceed to the steps in making your DIY wood window screen. Let’s get it started!
1. Identify the Measurements
Check the overall dimensions of your window from side to side and from top to bottom.Ensure close-fitting measurements to easily correct over time.There will be some other planing and sanding throughout the process, thus will make irregularities on the fitting.
Subtract ¼” from its width and height measurement to ensure a good fit of the window screen.
2. Cut the Wood Window Parts
Right after identifying the proper dimensions of your window,cutting woods is the next step. You will need to cut two stiles and three rails, including one bottom rail. Follow the measurement from the previous step. Do not forget to reduce a few inches than the actual size of your window.
Consider buying a screen molding that will depend on the size of the screen you will use. It helps to give screens a well-built appearance in the end. The tool is available at most home stores.
3. Locate the Biscuit Joints
When you are done cutting the rails and stiles,you can lay out the pieces on a table. Use a multi-mark tool to locate the center of the rail and then label the marks to the stiles. Prepare the biscuit joiner to cut biscuit slots to get it ready for the next step.
Be précised in locating the biscuit joints to ensure proper fitting later on. Avoid making the biscuit joints too baggy but make it tighter as possible.You can easily make adjustments with tight biscuit joints.
4. Assemble the Window Screen
Assembling a wood window screen would be easier with the use of Kreg pocket hole jig. The said tool is suitable for DIYers making a window screen.
Lay down all the pieces of frame cuts and test proper fitting by putting them together through the joints.When you see frames that do not fit correctly, recut them into proper sizes.
Put wood glue in all the joints and insert the biscuits. Clamp the frames together until it is formed square.Measure its corners to make sure the frame is finally in a square shape.
5. Cut Groove for Window Screen Spline
Using the Multi-Mark tool, measure two marks from the inside edge of the frame.It will be easier to locate the corners that needed to be cut later.
Start marking the wood at the corner towards its opposite corner. Plug the router bit to cut the groove. Make adjustments for the bottom rails in cutting the last groove.
6. Paint the Wood Window Frame
Once the frame is fully assembled, apply a coat of oil-based primer. Choose high-quality paint to achieve the best results. Most housekeepers prefer applying stain paint for a more natural-looking wood window.Apply two coats for a long-lasting finish.
You can apply other paint colors that suit your house design.Double-coat application is advisable for a better finish.
7. Install the Mesh Screen
A fiberglass mesh screen is recommended from the very start of the post.There are several screen types for windows in the market you can choose from, like a metal screen. Window screens come in rolls and have the tiniest holes to prevent insects from entering through it.
After deciding what the type of screen to use, look for a material to attach the screen on the frame. A window screen spline is available in many sizes. Use a spline roller tool to push the screen into the groove.
Those said materials can be bought together in a single kit.Buying the materials separately provides a more accurate size, as you can check it one-by-one.
Once the materials needed are complete, you may attach the screen on the frame by following these steps:
- Roll out the mesh screen over the frame.
- Cut the excess with scissors.
- Clamp the screen to the frame tightly to hold it in place.
- Start in the corner in pushing the groove with a flat-head screwdriver.
- Roll the spline with downward pressure into the groove.
- Use a utility knife in cutting the excess spline upon reaching the last corner.
- Remove the excess mesh screen with a utility knife.
8. Attach Hardware
Install any necessary hooks and nails to the wood window. These materials will secure the window in place.
You can watch a full video tutorial of someone making a DIY Wood Window Screen.
As a conclusion,having a wood window screen will let the household breathe fresh air even indoors. It does not permit tiny insects to have access to your house.
Gather the needed tools and supplies, and then follow the provided step-by-step procedure. You can enjoy a DIY window screen one day.