It is not hard to build a wooden garden fence with our easy step-by-step guide, with photos and tips to explain each step.
The construction of a garden fence challenges change and variety. On the base of posts and crossbars, everything that comes close to the shape of a wooden slat and can be fixed can finally be attached. We decided on a fence made of wooden slats with pointed slat heads and show how we proceeded.
Steps to build a wooden garden fence
For all the pleasure of unusual shapes and colours: A fence must of course also stand stable and last as long as possible. Therefore, here are a few tips on material selection, calculation of material quantity and structure.
Posts and crossbars should be made of impregnated coniferous wood or larch. Both hold properly installed for decades. For the posts a thickness of 90 x 90 mm is recommended, the fence should be taller, better slightly more.
The crossbars have a thickness of about 30 x 95 mm. To determine the amount of material, measure the length of the fence and divide it so that fields no more than 2 meters wide are created.
Depending on the construction, the crossbars are so long that they extend from the middle of the post to the middle of the post or have exactly the fence field length. With uniformly wide fence slats, the amount results from slat width plus distance. Boards with uneven width are placed on the crossbars on the ground and their position marked.
The shape of the slatted heads is drawn on the wood. Tighten two slats each with the screw clamp and cut holes with the hole saw (50 mm). The center of the circle is exactly between the slats.
Then cut the tips. The best way to do this is with a crosscut saw, but it also works with the jigsaw.
The fence pieces are completed in the workshop. For this purpose, lay out the slats and bars and screw them piece by piece. A stop bar guarantees the same height of the slats, spacing blocks equal distances.
This is followed by the basic coat in blue, then — if you like the classic country detail — the tips can be masked off with tape (see main image) and painted white.
Gerhardt Richter is a writer and a trainer at trade technical colleges, specializing in carpentry, plumbing and construction.