Braided wood fence panels

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Blog entry by JerryAtric posted 01-10-2022 06:40 PM 230 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I saw this a couple of years ago and put it my idea file. This summer my daughter needed a screen for her air conditioning unit and later my wife asked for a garden fence.

I made the panels from 5/8×6” x 6’ cedar fence pickets ($3.97 at Lowes).

I made a paper template and then a MDF jig because I was going to make more than a few panels. Notice that I made the pattern so that I didn’t have to drill holes – all cuts can be made from an outside edge. Cut out the pieces with a jigsaw or router. Use a router to create the lines. I used a 1/4 inch bit and about 1/4 inch deep. Use a small paintbrush to “paint” the lines with stain. Then use thinned down stain to “paint” on the shadows to create the impression of under-over.

You will want to play around with the proportions to get visual image that suits you. My garden fence pattern is 10.5” wide and one full pattern is 19 inches long. You can see that my pattern is “lighter” than the original inspiration – my pattern is longer and the braids are thinner than the original.

Here is the air conditioner screen. It is 6’ tall and made of 3 fence pickets, so each panel is 16.5 inches wide

I found that having a separator board the same width as a braid width looked best (for me). This one has a wider separator and I didn’t like it as much as the slimmer version. Altering the size and spacing of the separator makes a distinct difference, so try several options to find what you like.

The grasses panels are carved with a router/chisel and then stained. I started by finding some images that had simple silhouettes. Then I took them to Staples had enlarged copies made (ask for Blueprints). The enlargements cost about $4 each. Then use carbon paper to trace the pattern onto a paper template and cut out a stencil.

You can mix and match the various pieces of the stencil to create different combinations.!!

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