How to Build a Lattice Panel


Lattice panels are a versatile building material. You can use a basic lattice panel for fencing, privacy screens, trellises and to screen off areas used for trash and recycling bins. Latticework is a woven material and can be made from wood or vinyl. A special cap molding is designed to fit around the raw edges of lattice to finish the edges. This cap can be used to frame the latticework to make a lattice panel. The cap should be cut and assembled with mitered ends, similar to a picture frame's corners.

Things You'll Need

  • Miter saw
  • 2 c-channel cap molding lengths, 49 inches long
  • 2 c-channel cap molding lengths, 25 inches long
  • Latticework, 24-by-48-inch
  • Box, 1 5/8-inch deck screws
  • Screw gun
  • Adjust the miter saw to cut a 45-degree angle and lock the saw in position.

  • Cut a 45-degree angle on each end of both sizes of the cap-channel molding lengths using a miter saw. The long points on each length of molding should be on the outside edge of the molding. The outside edge is opposite the notched edge of the molding.

  • Lay the latticework on a work surface. Fit the 25-inch lengths of c-channel molding on the 24-inch sides of the latticework. Slide the edge into the channel on the molding. Fit the 49-inch lengths of molding over the 48-inch sides of the latticework. The ends of the molding will fit together to form right angles and resemble a picture frame around the latticework.

  • Drive one 1 5/8-inch deck screw through the ends of the 25-inch cap molding lengths into the ends of the 49-inch cap molding lengths to fasten the panel together using a screw gun.

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