One end of this deck is open to the garden and the other is exposed to the neighbours and so needs screening.
The original lattice screen didn’t offer a lot of privacy and wasn’t effective at hiding the water heater located next to the deck.
Recycled hardwood sleepers were used to custom-build a screen for the space.
The screen is a box frame with slats that pivot, so they move like louvres.
Recycled hardwood sleepers were used to custom-build a screen for the space
Cut the sleepers
The screen frame and louvres are made from 2400 x 210 x 30mm sleepers. For a 2400mm high screen, cut the louvres to 2330mm to allow for the top and base with 5mm clearance. Clamp two sleepers together to cut with a circular saw.
The screen frame and louvres are made from 2400 x 210 x 30mm sleepers
Use a trim router and a 10mm roundover bit to arris the edges of the recycled 210 x 30 x 2400mm spotted gum sleepers. Sand the sleepers smooth using a belt sander or, if you don’t have one, use a random orbital sander. Cut the sleepers to length using a circular saw.
Draw a centreline along the length of the top and base of the box frame. Mark a line 30mm from each end for the frame sides, then mark the louvre centres on the centrelines. Drill 4mm pilot holes and use a 22mm spade bit to open the holes to 15mm deep. Drill a 10mm clearance hole right through.
Make a jig from scrap timber to help locate the end centres of the louvre slats and drill 10mm clearance holes to a minimum depth of 90mm. On the edges of the box frame sides, drill three equally spaced holes. On the ends of the box frame top and base, drill three equally spaced holes.
Use the predrilled holes to secure the frame top to the sides with three screws at each corner. Insert hex head bolts through the louvre holes, add two washers, then position the louvres. Insert the bolts and washers in the base, then attach to the louvres. Secure the base to the sides using screws.
Check the bolts are seated in the louvres, then secure in position with a high-strength building filler such as Selleys Plasti-Bond. With the help of another person, lift the screen and clamp in position, securing through the base to the joists with screws and to the pergola with brackets.