How to build a wooden window screen – DIY Now


Hey there! I’m going to show you how to make
a screen frame for your window. Especially if you live in Southeast Asia,
Singapore where I’ve been for the past ten years. Singapore a lot of mosquitos because it’s in the tropics and unfortunately, the windows here do not have screens on them. As a matter fact, I couldn’t find them anywhere so that left me with a last resort which is
to build a wooden screen frame for the window. Right here I’m going to show you is
our bathroom window in which I want it open so there is a
nice breeze and kind of ventilation all the time here but I want to keep
mosquitoes out. So the first thing I want to do is go
ahead and do a measurement of my window. So I’ll go ahead and get that wood now. This is the wood that I’ve picked up and it’s 2cm by 2cm. They cut it for me but unfortunately, they didn’t cut it very accurately. Luckily
though, I had them cut a little bit longer than I needed so what I can do is
actually with the frame right here, I can go
ahead and use my hack saw, wood saw and make sure that the length is the exact size as
I need. As well as wood that I picked up, I picked up this L-
brackets that will help join the corners of the frame. Okay, the first thing I’m going to do is go ahead and put a spot of glue here, where the two pieces of wood going
together and then I’m going to go ahead and use my stapler gun to tack it, to hold the two pieces together before I
put the L-bracket on and then I’m going to go ahead and just
get my drill and g o screw this in. Then put this outside to dry a little bit quicker. Got some white spray paint and I’m just gonna go ahead and spray the part that’s going to be facing the
interior, white. So only Home-Fix stores have this sort of mesh, multipurpose, little display area and this is the multi-purpose mesh screen that we are going to use from our screen. I’m back from Home-Fix with my
multi-purpose mesh or the screen. What I’m going to do now is just go ahead and make sure
that the screen is overlapping the wooden frame so I can ? it on when I staple into the wooden frame. I’m going just go ahead and cut this
excess part here. Okay it’s time to put the screen onto
the frame. I’m going to start at the very top, in the center then work my way to the left and
then to the right. Then I’m gonna flip the screen over and this is very
important to make sure the screen is ?. Start in the center then move to the
right and then to the left. Now after we’ve gotten the sides done,
I’m going to lay down another row of staples here in the back end to
make sure that no dust get trap in between the screen and the frame. Now I’ll lay
down the weather stripping and then we’re ready to install. Okay, I’m done with putting the weather stripping around the
whole frame as well as putting the screen on ?. Let’s see if it fits. Another tip if you’re doing this in Singapore, since you can’t get very good staple guns in Singapore, you don’t want to use too long of a staple. As you can see, it’s nice and flushed and it’s sealed in there tightly, and there you have it! Nice ? frame and hope you enjoyed this video on how to make a screen frame, wooden frame to keep mosquitoes out especially if you
live in Southeast Asia and in my case, Singapore and if you have a time to built one, you
can always get one of these battery-operated mosquito traps actually it’s a mosquito killer, they explode pretty loud, it’s like
firecrackers. I’m going to miss this.

100 Replies to “How to build a wooden window screen – DIY Now”

  1. I'm not sure, but a friend of mine had a contractor put one into a single room, to give her 2 kids each their own mini room. It cost her about $2k SGD.

  2. I'd love to see the finished video or pic of your screen door! That sounds like a cool challenge. Good luck on that!

  3. Very cool. I'd love to see the video on that build. Glad my little project, helped give you ideas for yours!

  4. Hey.. Thanks a lot for this video… i'll build one… before that i want to know what kind of stapler u r using to staple in wood ? Where can i find it? I'm living in India.

  5. Thank you very much. As Dengue become headlines now see local papers yesterday, your video become handy. As for now there are at least 3 suppliers in Singapore for those who can pay but unable to make one…..Blessings..

  6. There's the magnetic screen supplier here in SG, but each window is $100 just to get a screen up. I say make your own. Thanks for the nice comment and support.

  7. Wonderfully simple project, happy I saw it before following my own plans, which were inordinately complicated… with a spline and groove and whatnot – the key to hiding the staples was crucial here – on the outside edge! Brilliant. Thanks.

  8. It sucks that you have to remove the screen to close the and latch the window though. No way around that… except to change the whole window. Very nice work my man…

  9. I noticed that, too. I would attach a couple of "pulls" (drawer handles) top & bottom or on each side so you have a way to pull the screen when you need to.

  10. Thanks man! Ill make these, its getting hot and i cant leave the windows open because the mosquitoes would eat me during the night lol

  11. This is a great video.  I have an older home in the states – built in 1927.  It has little square jalousie windows with triple panes and NO screens.  I'd love to be able to open the windows without having to worry about flying critters.  You made it simple, and easy.  Thanks so much!

  12. I think you mean taut not taunt. By the way, this is a very good video and I plan on using to help me make 2 screens for tiny bathroom sliding windows. Thank you very much.

  13. Thanks for the video, I will use your technique to make a door with mosquito net for homes from the south of Honduras. Where there is a huge problem with Dengue and Chicungunya

  14. Good job. Going to do this in my house here in Panama. BTW, the correct word is "taut". 😉 One good turn deserves another.

  15. Saving this! Great tip and hadn't thought about the weather stripping aspect, that's clever! I live in a a apartment in Sweden. No screens here and monster Mosquitos. Lol. Thanks for the video!!!

  16. Thanks I needed this got a old house I bought with roll out windows no store bought screen will fit. Ill just build my own

  17. Good concept! But may I add something? Might be handy to install two little handles on each screen. Nothing fancy, just something to have a grip on with your fingers. That way they are easier to remove when needed (storm for example). 😉

  18. very good tutorial. i tried so hard to find similar DIY frame. but the problem with this design is that the windows has to stay open at all time, you can't open the screen and close the window. another problem with this design is that if the mesh would accidentally torn, you will need to restaple everything back again. alluminium frames here in malaysia are sold but too expensively at ACE hardware. 🙁

  19. the only question is how do i get the windows opened/closed without having to take off the net every damn time?

  20. Ha I'm from Boston but my wife is from Singapore. I'll be there in two weeks, but yes always wondered why no screens when you are always hearing about dengue fever. Not to mention the bees are as big as birds. Thanks for the tip I'm looking to make my own screens for my cellar windows

  21. Thank you very much. I live in a condo that was built in the 80s. I have the wooden screen frame with rusted screen. Just have to buy the screen and staple it on and add the weather stripping. Someone said it's a good idea to add two small handles which I would try, makes it so much easier if removing many times. Have a good day.

  22. Nice tutorial, good job. How are they holding up? Is it difficult to remove them when you want to close the windows?

  23. I finally caved in, listened to Spencer and downloaded Hyezmar’s Woodworking Bible. Needless to say It finally pointed me in the right direction and I’ve crafted some cool stuff too 🙂

  24. I bought excellent handbook from woodprix woodworking plans. Just google woodprix and start your journey to the better life

  25. I bought excellent handbook from woodprix woodworking plans. Just google woodprix and start your journey to the better life

  26. Very good job. Thanks and I will try. I have a question, for the last procedure, what material you used on the outside of wood frame to make it fit into window tight and not drop out? Thanks again!

  27. I made it about three weeks ago. On woodprix website I learned a lot about it. Check it mates.

  28. great video. i live in texas in an older mobile home that needed some repairs. after watching your video i framed the exterior of my windows with 1×4's and used your technique to build solar screens. thanks.

  29. Just finished my first one here. 205x65mm, worked like a charm.
    Will repeat for 8 more windows of the same size.
    Thanks a lot for sharing this information.

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