Room Divider

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Project by EdsCustomWoodCrafts posted 07-17-2018 03:19 AM 1442 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So my wife recently started working from home and she asked me to make her a room divider so as that the kids couldn’t walk through the entry way into her office. She gave me some features that she wanted the divider to have some of which are:

Have a nice design on it.


I used the following in building the dividers
3/4” sheet of plywood (for divider panels)
2×4 (I ripped these down the middle to use for the legs)
1×2’s (I used the majority of these for the herringbone pattern)
2” castors (5 in total)
1 quart black paint for the backdrop of the herringbone pattern
3 Packs of Cork board
1 Quart of Chalkboard paint
3 Butt hinges


As I usually do I went to Sketchup and through some rough dimensions together and decided that the room divider would have 2 panels that would be joined together using butt hinges. I also added shop made feet that I milled and could house castors on the left, right and middle legs. Below you can see the Sketchup model of the front of the divider. I also decided to make a herringbone style pattern on the front of the divider using 1×2’s and basically just adding a chamfer on the sides of the 200 pieces that it took to make the pattern.

Here is the Sketchup model I drew

Here is the front of the divider. This took a lot of work but in the end I am glad I did it, to aid me in keeping everything aligned I made a design template to use while installing the pieces.

This is the template I made from scrap plywood.

This is a picture of the plywood panel just completed


I used the 2x material to make the legs because my divider panels were 2 1/4” thick after I added the face frames to the plywood I needed the legs to match that thickness so I glued up a (3) legs that comprised of 2×2 + 1×2 to give me the thickness, then I used biscuits to attach the legs into the plywood and then I ran screws to reinforce the legs and I also plugged the counter-sunk holes with oak wood plugs.

Here you can see the proud plugs that I later flush trimmed

Here is the legs with the biscuits


I used some 2x material to create the feet that I would attach the castors onto (2 per foot, except the middle that only received 1) I also added a mortise into the foot that I also added a mating tenon on the end of the leg and glued them together, to reinforce that joint I ran a 3/8” diamter dowel through the mortise & tenon .

Here is the finished feet and you can see the mortise

Here is the right foot attached


I wanted to create a visual frame around the front and back of the panels so I just used some of the 1×2’s and miter the corners I also added biscuits into the miters to reinforce them then I just glued and brad nailed them onto the front and back of the panel.

Fave frames attached


After a lot of work done upto this point I finally had a divider that could stand on its own 2 feet, there was still a lot to do, after determining that the divider could support its own weight I needed to disassemble and get working on the herringbone pattern.

On its own 2 feet.


So before I even started to make the herringbone pieces I wanted to prepare my router table up to put a chamfer on the 8’ lengths of 2×4 that I was going to cross cut on my miter saw station only to realise that I could not not get the router bit out of the collet, I must of spent days researching how to get the bit out and did receive some help from my fellow Lumberjocks but unfortunately no joy. I needed to use the only other router that I had and that was a a little Ridgid palm router to apply the chamfer onto almost 100 feet of 1×2’s (hey sometime you got to do what you got to do) and it worked.

Here is my little palm router with my 1×2 clamped to my outfeed table, it sure was a long night

Here are all the pieces

Next was the chop saw
I set up a stop block to chop the 200 pieces needed for the pattern

Here is my chop saw setup

100 down

All done

Some sanding time

I used my pattern jig to lay them on the painted black plywood panels and then I simply glued and brad nailed them into position, I used some filler to cover up the indents made by my nailer.

My pattern jig took care of 2 rows at a time.


I haven’t even plugged it in yet, I only got it today.


All that was left to do on the divider was to install the cork-board and chalkboard paint so I did that below is some pictures of the process, to be honest I am not too happy about the cork board that I purchased it was extremely brittle and I tore a piece that I needed to patch in hindsight I will buy the cork board rolls and not the tiles next time.

I also needed to prime the plywood before paint the chalk board paint onto it so I did that first, I also used 3M 90 spray contact adhesive to stick the tiles down.

Installing the cork board

Applied the spray adhesive

Corkboard added.

Chalkboard primer put on

Chalk board paint applied



I needed to protect the surfaces that were not to receive any finish I used rosin paper with tape to section off the areas like the chalk board and cork board, and since I was using my new HVLP sprayer i made holder for it it out of scrap, someone told me that sometimes its difficult to add paint or finish into the hopper while still holding it and since I was new to using a HVLP system I thought I could use all the help I could get.

Here is the sectioned off panels

Here is the holder I made to hold the sprayer gun


I only started using the finish today I am using a Poly-Acrylic water based finish on the panel and love using the spray gun it really does cut down on the time and material that I would otherwise waste on doing it by hand.

I though about writing a blog on this project but I could only do one on my website so that is why this project submission is lengthy, my apologies….. THANKS FOR READING

If you want to see more pictures and articles on this project please feel free to visit here

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown” . Come check out my website for more about what I make and how at

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#1 posted 07-17-2018 12:55 PM

The front looks fantastic, the back looks functional :)
All customer’s requirements are fulfilled!

Great detailed post, thanks.

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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#2 posted 07-17-2018 01:55 PM

A lot of work and time but a super project. The jig was the key to aligning it all and worth the time to make

-- JimInNM........Space Case

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#3 posted 07-17-2018 02:48 PM

This is a beautiful room screen and I love the pattern. You did a fine job on it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 07-17-2018 10:14 PM

Great work and very creative!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#5 posted 07-18-2018 12:46 AM

Thanks everyone for the kind words, back in the shop tomorrow to try and apply the final coats of finish

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown” . Come check out my website for more about what I make and how at

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#6 posted 07-18-2018 01:22 AM

This is one super project, wife must be quite happy, love the way you solved the pattern/paint, thanks for sharing!

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#7 posted 07-18-2018 04:55 AM

Nice work on the room divider, I like the pattern.

-- Rick M,

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#8 posted 07-18-2018 02:05 PM

I’m thinking your wife is very happy with that. Sure looks time consuming on that one side. A test of your patience for certain.

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