Thursday, January 8, 2015

How to Make Backyard Wood Blind to Cover a Hole in Block Fence

Fig.1 The blind
By Gary Boutin 

Supplies and Tools:
1x6x8 redwood Tongue and Groove (2)
2x2x8 redwood lattice (2)
Compound saw or hand saw 
Deck screws 1 1/4 in.
Lattice beige vinyl cap molding 
                      3/4 in. x 1 in. x 4 ft
Tapcon polymer plated steel hex-washer-head indoor/outdoor 
                  concrete anchors 1/4 in. x 2-3/4 in.
Titebond glue 
Wood drill bit
Wood glue

Jim came to The Home Depot to place a wooden shutter from his backyard block wall. Some time ago he had a hole made in his block wall so he could see the valley from his home. Now the green valleys are filled with new homes. He came to the Anaheim Super Store - Lumber/Building Materials area for information and wanted information on redwood screen.

This post shows the seven steps to assembling block wall blind.

Step 1: Arrive at your nearest The Home Depot and talk to an associate.  If your project involves working with wood ask for the location of Lumber/Building Materials.
Step 2: Fig.1 shows a picture that Jim brought to me to explain the problem. The brown area is the area of concern. The Home Depot carries Douglas Fir tongue and groove will be used across the expanse of the missing block.
Step 3: Fig.2 shows that Jim decided to purchase 1x6x8 redwood tongue and groove. He had both boards cut in half by a lumber associate. Below the wood is being cut to size.
Fig.2 Cutting the planks
Step 4: Now Jim wanted an easy but good looking wood edge to lay on the brick wall. I showed him the mill works area but none fitted correctly against the Tongue and Groove planks. I brought him to the garden area where the 2x2 plastic channel were being stored. 
Step 5: Fig.3 shows we decided on using beige vinyl cap molding. The planks once glued would be surrounded by the molding. It worked perfectly except the sides of the wood screen. Another molding was cut to accommodate the sides of the wood screen.
Fig.3 Laying all the planks 
and cap molding on the floor
Step 6: Fig.4 shows the final assembly to show Jim how to assemble the project.

Fig.4 Final check
Step 7: Blind instructions:
  1. The glue to use on the edges of the tongue and groove boards, make sure the boards are flat and the ends even. Each board is 5-1/2 wide and 4-foot long for a total 2-boards totaling 11 in. long.
  2. Use wood clamps to clamp each end of the boards.
  3. When the board are together cut off the groove side of the board. Removing the groove will give the board a larger flat area.
  4. After the boards are glued together, place the top and bottom cap on each side.
  5. Drill three holes in each cap molding approximately 4-inch on each end and 24 in. the middle hole.
  6. Fig.5 shows that the insertion of three deck screws into the plastic cap and into the tongue and grove boards and two more on each end.
  7. Do this on both horizontal side.
  8. Now insert the deck screws on the lateral side.
  9. Now pick up the entire unit and place it on top of the cement wall. To secure the panel to the brick wall drill into the wood cap first and another hole into the cement. Using Tapcon polymer plated steel hex-washer-head indoor/outdoor concrete anchors 1/4 in. x 2-3/4 in. This is the very best anchoring system. For more information click on Tapcon above.
Fig.5 Deck screw locations
Jim never came by to show off his handiwork. So I am assuming the blind worked and he no longer had to stare at the new development that was happening near his home.  

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