How to Make Square Lattice Panels

What You'll Need
Wood: Either purchased in strips or buying planes and cutting them to the size of about 1 inch in width

Square lattice panels are ideal for gardens and in the house, to divide part of a room or as a decoration. The lattice bestows an attractive finished look and permits air to circulate and holds back unwanted animals. This can be added between framing posts which creates concealment without deflecting air circulation. With some imagination, it is conceivable to use lattice panels just about anywhere in the yard or indoors. For example, lattice offers great ground for plants that grow as vines. It is effective for concealing unsightly details in the yard like garbage cans or propane tanks.

Here we will be constructing a wooden square lattice of about 2 feet by 1½ feet.

Step 1-Planning the Lattice

Place a board of hardboard on a worktable or a flat surface. Draw a rectangle with a size of 2 feet by 1½ feet. Now taking a strip of wood one inch in width, place diagonally on the board and cut at a 45-degree angle on both sides. Take a second strip of wood and lay 2 inches away from the first strip. Again cut this at a 45-degree angle. A good tip is now to have a piece of wood of a width of 4 inches and place it on both strips. This will automatically provide you with a template for the width between the two strips.

Step 2-Placing All Strips

Now that you have the first two strips aligned, use the template mentioned in step 1 and continue placing strip by strip diagonally until you fill in the rectangle. All strips are to be cut at a 45-degree angle. At this stage be careful not to bump the strips as otherwise you will have to restart again. Take another strip and place it across the bottom layer of the slats. At this stage, it is advisable to fasten this strip with a staple at both ends. Now you should see a crisscross. Continue placing the strips alongside until you fill in the rectangle. Use the template to gain the same width from one strip to another. 

Having finished doing so, start stapling all strips together. It might happen that when fastening the strips with staples, the latter tend to penetrate through the two strips. At this stage do not panic. Make a border, using four strips around the lattice to maintain this one whole. Turn it upside down and bend the staples with the hammer. Having hammered all the staples, take the screwdriver and using the tip, hammer the staples into the wood. This will give you a smooth surface.

Step 3-Placing the Lattice Into a Frame

You will need eight strips to build your frame. These should be about 4 inches in width each. Place four strips to form a square. Drill in 2 screws on each side of the frame. Put the lattice on top of the frame. Now take the other four strips and again place them on top of the previous frame. Screw the corners and attach a screw right through the four corners. At this stage you should see your project almost ready.

The final step is to abrade the wood with sandpaper and apply two or three coats of varnish. Having finished put the lattice in your garden, relax on a chair and admire your job.