Decoration For A Living Room
Completing the screen Once you have made three similar panels, complete the screen by fixing the panels together with hinges.
The overall length and breadth of the workstand will depend on the space available. But to make the tiling simpler, it is convenient if the depth does not exceed that of three 150 mm (6 in) square ceramic tiles (including grouting), plus the surrounding woodwork – approximately 55 cm (22 in) in all.
This workstand fits together in three layers. The area below the bottom shelf is the base. Cut 150 x 25 mm (6×1 in) boards that overlap each other to make a firm frame. Cut out the pattern on the outer boards with a jig saw. Screw the inner boards to the outer, so no fixings are visible on the outside face. Glue in corner braces, to keep the base square.
Decide on the finished height of the tiled surface. Use 15 x 25 mm (3×1 in) timber for the legs at the corners and 50 x 25 mm (2×1 in) for the inside legs. The legs at the rear should be cut longer so that they can support the frame that surrounds the row of upright tiles at the back of the workstand. Allow extra length at this stage anyway, as the waste can be trimmed later.
Fix the legs to the base by screwing through the front face. The screw heads will be hidden beneath the decorative strips that are added later the simple joinery in this workstand, which is really a form of glorified shelving. As a piece of country furniture, the wood will look most convincing if the finish is quite rough, rather than highly polished: Look out for old floorboards in hardwoods such as oak or elm.