Build a Privacy Fence
Here's a fence that will have enormous impact in the garden. Lengths of lumber in two sizes are butt-jointed to fence posts. The grey stained planks are precisely placed in a linear pattern, creating a stunning contemporary wall that has just enough privacy without compromising the light. Note: This project assumes that you already have 4" x 4" fence posts installed.
- Measure for length
- Determine lumber required
- Cut to width
- Stain pieces
- Determine placement of first boards
Determine lumber required
For one fence section you will need 8 pieces of cedar: 5/4" x 6" x the distance between post centres, and 6 pieces: 5/4" x 2 1/2" x the distance between post centres.
Cut to width
For each fence section you'll need to rip cut 3 pieces of 5/4" x 6" into 6 pieces of 5/4" x 2-1/2".
Determine placement of first boards
Using a string line and a line level mark your starting point at the bottom where the first board will attach on each post (you need to keep the boards level so, if your landscape height fluctuates, add below the bottom boards as needed).
Attach first boards
With a screw gun and 2" exterior grade screws fasten a 5/4" x 6" board to the bottom mark, centred on each post. Repeat for the length of the fence keeping the run level.
Using the spacer block between the boards work your way up, screwing each board between posts and creating the two 6" and two 2 1/2" pattern (you can adjust the pattern to suit your taste).
Fit top boards
When you reach the top board, mark the 4" x 4" post and cut it flush with a hand or circular saw.
Measure the height along the seams and cut a 5/4" x 6" stained board and then fasten it centred on the seam using #8 x 3" exterior grade screws.
On the back side of the fence fasten a 5/4" x 2-1/2" cedar board to the centre between the 4 x 4 posts using 1-1/2" exterior grade wood screws.
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Skill Level: Beginner
Time: 5 hours
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