It can be more than difficult to stretch screening evenly across a frame without bags, sags and zigzags. But I’ve found that with the help of a stretcher board, I can get professional results every time. As shown in the drawing, I run the screening a few inches long in both directions. After stapling the screen to one of the short sides of the frame, I staple the other edge of the screen to a stretcher board. After stapling the screen to it, I hang the end of the frame that I’m working on over the end of a table and press down on the stretcher board. This tensions the screen, and with my free hand I staple the screen to the frame. After removing the staples from the stretcher board, I repeat the process on the unstapled sides of the frame. The screen comes out straight and taut.
David Tousain, Coon Rapids, IA