Fence and sign

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Project by Kirk posted 08-08-2009 03:03 AM 2126 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My old fence started to break, sag, and just fall apart. It took me about five months to get enough logs. The logs also had the bark removed. A neighbor came over and redrilled the holes, then I plugged the hole with a post. Cut the post to length after they had set for a while.

Cutting the rials between the post took the longest time. I had a fixture that would keep me six inches down from the top, they I had to measure the rails diameter to cut out the notch. Drill a large hole for the washer and head, then a through hole for the 12” lag screws. The drill a hole for the body of the threads in the rail. Then I get to do the same thing on the other end. I used adjustable saw horses and they were a life saver.

After the lower rails were install, I could put the top rails on. Boy they went fast. I just measured the distance between the post, added 12” (six inches overhang on each end) then cut the notch, drill the large hole, a through hole, drill a hole for the threads.

And just think, I didn’t use a rechargeable drill. 220’ of extension cords, and three electric drills.

Overall this took me about four months for two acres.

The sign was from leftovers. I sliced then just larger than half the diameter of the log. Drilling the three through holes for the threaded rod was a bear. I can’t drill a straight hole and the spade bit wasn’t really long enough. But I used an impact gun to drive the threaded rod home. Jam nuts and it is locked in. Flat enough for me. The letters are used from a font on my computer. Plotted each letter on a sheet of paper. 8 1/2” x 11”. Made from MDF. Cut-out on my scroll saw. Chamfered the edges. Drilled holes for ‘Cut Nails/Horse Shoe Nails’. Wife painted them black.

The only help, other than my wife, was my trailer. It is what I use to move the rails.

Would I do it again, at this time, I don’t think so. I don’t like fences anyway.

W. Kirk Crawford
Tularosa, New Mexico

-- W. Kirk Crawford - Tularosa, New Mexico

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#1 posted 08-08-2009 03:24 AM

It looks real good Kirk, nice looking home to.

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#2 posted 08-08-2009 04:53 AM

nice and simple ,
a real n.m. fence .
your house says n.m. too .
were almost neighbors ,
( ojo caliente , taos co. )
i dont have or like fences either ,
but the range cows
trample everything when they are around .

howdyle bato !

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