Glue, a staple gun, a metal square (for ensuring that the corners are true right angles), long woodworking clamps, and three hinges between each panel plus the fixing screws.
For each panel, cut two lengths of timber to the height of the screen, and two short pieces which will fit between the long ones. Make a rectangular frame, using wood glue to join each piece and staples to secure each join on both sides of the frame. Use the metal square to ensure that the corners are absolutely true, and clamp the frame in place while the glue dries, or alternatively tie it together with string using bits of wood as tourniquets to tighten.
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Sometimes it may be necessary to have a cross-piece of timber positioned halfway down each panel to brace the frame and prevent it ‘twisting’.
Screens make clever backdrops and add colow and texture to areas witr, few features, as shown here. A subtle cream-on-cream colourwash has been applied to the natural wooden frame, giving a beautiful finish rc this simple screen constructed from five hinged panels. The hand-painted textured finish mimics the natural roughness of the stool.
To cover the screen you will need fabric, interlining (if required), a staple gun or studs or upholstery tacks, and ribbon or braid for covering the joins, if desired. Cut the fabric pieces, sufficient to cover each panel plus allowances in the width and length to go around the side of the timber. When using braid or ribbon to finish off, leave the edges of the fabric raw. (If studs or upholstery nails are to be used, secure a folded fabric edge. Keeping the fabric taut and straight, staple (or tack) one of the fabric pieces over the frame. The staples go into the outer narrow edge of the frame. When one piece is secured, attach the other piece. Tack the braid or ribbon in place with upholstery nails or studs.
When each panel is finished, screw hinges between each of the panels at the same height across the screen.
An attractive striped tablecloth in a heavy woven fabric is contrasted with the whisper-thin table napkins, which have matching brown tassels.
Tables that are not particularly attractive to look at, such as functional trestles or basic chipboard models, may require a permanent disguise, such as a casually draped cream dust sheet or a pair of old velvet curtains, while a beautiful table that is reserved for special dinner parties might be used at other times as a display area for decorative objects such as pots or vases of flowers, arrangements of shells and driftwood, or ornaments and curios.