This step by step diy woodworking project is about air conditioner screen plans. The project features instructions for building a nice air conditioner screen out of wood. The best part of the project is that you can get the job done by yourself with common tools and adjust the size to suit your needs. You can even add a back wall necessary.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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- A – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 36″ long FRAME
- B – 12 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 40″ long, 11 pieces – 36″ long 3xPANEL
- C – 3 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 47″ long TRIMS
- 1 piece of 4×4 lumber – 12 ft
- 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 8 ft
- 12 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 8 ft
- 1 1/4″ screws
- 1 5/8″ screws
- 2 1/2″ screws
- filler, stain
Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level
Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander
Building an ac screen
First of all, you need to build the sides for the air conditioner enclosure. Build the posts from 4×4 lumber and the horizontal cleats from 1×2 slats. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the slats and secure them to the posts using 1 1/4″ screws. Make sure the corners are right-angled.
Continue the project by attaching the vertical slats to the cleats. Cut a slat at 2 1/4″ and use it as spacer between the slats. Use 1 1/4″ brad nails to secure the vertical slats into place.
Continue the project by attaching the horizontal slats to the vertical components. Use 1 1/4″ brad nails to secure them to the vertical slats. Make sure you place the components equally spaced.
Fit the cleats to the front face of the screen. Make sure the sides are plumb and check if the corners are square. Afterwards, attach the rest of the components to the front panel.
One of the last steps of the project is to attach the trims to the top of the posts. Cut the components from 1×4 or 2×4 lumber, making sure you cut the angles at 45 degrees.
Fill the holes and dents with wood putty and let it dry out for several hours. Use 120-200 grit sandpaper to smooth the surface. The best part of the project is that you can adjust the size of the enclosure to suit your needs. You need another person so you can move the structure easily around the air conditioner.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the project and to protect the screen, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain.
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