Fence of western red cedar

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Project by GJK posted 08-09-2014 03:02 PM 2371 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

To enclose my Japanese garden, I needed an 8 foot high fence section and decided to build a very strong tongue and groove fence with 6×6 posts each set with two zinc-plated 1/2” x 8” screws into SWP66 Sturdi-Wall Wet Set Brackets whose welded rebars were placed into 26” of cement over 6” of crushed stones inside 32” PermaColumns. In addition to strength this protects the fence from rot. I ordered 108 carefully selected board sizes (a 1/2 ton) of high grade western red cedar from a mill on the other side of the country (Washington State). I hand stained all boards with multiple coats of a high-end stain (Sikkens Cetol Log & Siding #077 cedar) from Scandinavia and then assembled with SD 9 and SD 10 screws for strength in FB24 and FB26 2” x 6” G185 Hidden Flange Simpson Strong-Tie joist hangers where not visible. I also used 2” #12 stainless steel 316 screws to secure boards. The initial cap I selected was wood, but I later changed it to copper, secured with copper screws, to prolong the life of the fence.

-- Gary, Washington, DC

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#1 posted 08-09-2014 09:16 PM

That is an awesome fence!!! Do you have code where you live that allows eight foot fences? The most we are allowed is six feet. I hope you allowed for expansion and contraction I am constantly amazed at how much my fence moves through the seasons, which is also a no see through fence.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#2 posted 08-10-2014 12:00 AM

Very Nice!

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