Cedar Privacy Fence with Pocket Screw Joinery

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Project by David posted 05-13-2007 05:36 AM 28989 views 11 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project I completed last summer at our vacation home in Central Oregon. It was completed just as we had to evacuate our home for the Black Crater fire. Luckily the fire only got within 1/2 mile of our home. The Interagency Fire Management Team and the fire crews did an excellent job of containing this fire.

Black Crater Fire – Sisters • Oregon

The fence is built with clear cedar using the Kreg Pocket Screw Jig. All of the joinery is hidden under the framing members and by trim pieces. I used 2 1/2 inch stainless steel pocket screws. All of the fence boards are attached with stainless steel face frame screws from Kreg.

The pine tree was a small Christmas image i downloaded on the internet. I enlarged the image until it had the correct scale for the door. It was cut out with a scroll saw and the edges radiused with a round over bit in the router. The door was assemled in my shop and transported to the job site for installation at the completion of the fence.


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#1 posted 05-13-2007 05:40 AM

Great fence David. The woods there are wonderful. Good news that the fire stopped short of your place.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 05-13-2007 05:42 AM

David this is a great looking fence job and luckily it’s still there after the fire went away. Just absolutely stunning, the craftsmanship on this fence, Thanks for sharing, and giving some of us ideas along the way.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#3 posted 05-13-2007 06:13 AM

Very nice fence. I’m glad that your house was spared. Neat addition with the tree in view in the tree cutout.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#4 posted 05-13-2007 06:19 AM

Ditto to whatever everyone said. I love this fence, looks so special with all the extra care to details including the tree.


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#5 posted 05-13-2007 06:22 AM

Thank you everyone for the kind comments.

OS you do have an eye for detail! I thought that was kind of fun when I took the photo but did not expect anyone to notice.


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#6 posted 05-13-2007 01:16 PM

Love the tree in a tree. and “job well done” to the firefighters.

The fence is gorgeous. “Job well done” to you as well

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 05-13-2007 03:13 PM

You’ve don it again, David. Very nice. And talk about an eye for detail. Wow!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#8 posted 05-13-2007 03:40 PM

Very nice David. What kind of finish did you put on the fence or is it AuNatural.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#9 posted 05-13-2007 04:04 PM

Very nice work David.

I love the details.. roundovers.. hidden screws….the cutout with the tree for peeking through….

I am getting ready to build a new gate in the near future and want to incorporate cuttouts.

I just watched a really cool video of a gate builder/artist on No subscription needed.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#10 posted 05-13-2007 04:57 PM

Very nice!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#11 posted 05-13-2007 05:03 PM

Very nice fence, it fits right in the nature of your area. I imagine you’ll be letting it age naturally.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#12 posted 05-13-2007 06:10 PM

Thanks again for the kind comments!

Giz – great FHB link. Thanks!

Dick – The fence does have a a cedar preservative with UV protector. It should be low maintenance which is the goal.


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#13 posted 05-13-2007 06:41 PM

Beautiful project. Timely post for my circumstances. How are the joints holding up since last summer, David? Did you use the Kreg plugs behind the screw heads or just the trim boards?

I too, am using Kreg’s pocket hole screw joinery for an outside project. I am curious as to the long term durability of the pocket hole screw technique outside, given the tendency of wood to move and change as it wears around the metal of the screw – especially out in the elements. Anybody have any KPHS projects that have been outside awhile?

-- John

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#14 posted 05-13-2007 09:39 PM

John -

So far the fence is holding up very well. No loose joints or loose boards. It has been thru one hot Central Oregon summer and one very cold frozen winter.

I did not use any Kreg wood plugs – I think these would fail in the outdoors. I used 2 1/2 inch stainless steel screws made for outdoor use. The pockets are located on the face of the center board but orientated to the outside face so they are covered by the vertical fence boards. The pockets on the horizontal boards that frame the lattice work are hidden ny the lattice and trim boards. The pockets on the lower horizontal board are facing the ground and therefore not visible. Those were the hardest to do as I would lay on the ground on a tarp after digging a small shallow trench to give me access for a drill and short square driver.

After setting the posts, I shot all layout lines with a laser and 8 foot level. All the joints were held in tight alignment with clamps and jigs so everything lined up neatly.I did one panel or bay at a time working from the door outward. The post caps set in a bed of exterior caulking laid in a shallow recess cut with a router and jig. A single top screw was later driven after the caulking set – for my “compulsiveness”, as my wife would say. There are no nails in this fence. Let me know if I can be of any additional help!


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#15 posted 05-14-2007 06:14 AM


Thanks much for the info.

I bought the Kreg kit at Rockler and I looked but only found the “weather resistant” Kreg screws. Where did you get the SS ones? I also bought the “paint grade” plugs. (My project is gonna be painted.)

-- John

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