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How to build a wind break

Ye Two Olde Dawgs build a beautiful wind break for the garden

Want to hide an area in your garden? Or maybe just protect some plants from the wind? Watch as our Two Olde Dawgs build this beautiful garden wind break…

Sitting reading on the deck, I hear footsteps coming up the side of the house. “Yo, Dawg!” I hear his voice and Gord comes over and places himself on a chair and starts to chat.

“You ready to build the windbreak?”

“Sure, what do we need and how is this all going to come together?” My questions bring a smile to his face.

“I have it all under control, we just need a couple of 8-by-2 pieces of deck and we will be off to the races!” Gord goes on to explain the intricacies of what we are about to do, and we hit the hardware store and collect the necessary bits to complete the job at hand.

Here is what you will need:

2 pallet boards

8 door hinges

1 box of 1 ½ inch wood screws

8 8 x 2 deck boards

Lots of elbow grease.


First off, strip each pallet board so that all slats are removed and cleaned. Then cut the slats into two equal halves.

Saw two feet off each deck board leaving eight pieces six feet long and eight pieces two feet long.

Lie one six-foot deck board down and place enough pallet slats along the side then place a second deck board down underneath all the slats on the other side.

Drill holes through each pallet slat (the wood can be brittle; it is safer to drill holes rather than screw directly and split the timber). Once all holes have been drilled screw each pallet slat on to the deck board on each side. Once completed this will be the first section of the wind-break sections.

Complete this exercise with the remaining boards and slats. Having now four sections all you need do is to attach the hinges and hey presto a wind-break. The wind-break can now be used to hide that ugly corner you have in the garden, or your potting area, or just as decoration in the garden.