New matching fence

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Project by Don Johnson posted 05-25-2017 02:31 PM 772 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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We’ve had an ongoing problem with a patch of our front garden which contained a lilac bush which kept sending shoots up and making the area impossible to keep weed free. Finally, my wife, Avril, decided that this old bush needed to go, and the area should be covered with a weed-stopping membrane to reduce the maintenance work needed. Our gardener-helper put in a framework, with a section left for a camelia, and covered the membrane with stones.

Unfortunately, soil from the adjacent flower bed tended to creep into the stones, so I was asked if I could raise the height of the frame on that side. Not wanting to use visible screws, I hit on the brainwave of using my Festool Domino to put in floating tenons to fix the new board, and that worked a treat.

‘Whilst you are doing that’, said Avril, ‘could you hide that nasty chain-link fence?’ – Well when SWMBO asks, I obey, so I put in some posts (again fixed with Feston Domino tenons) and rails, and found some wood to cut into pickets at our local ‘Woodpile’. I cut the picket tops in a curve to match those on the front and side gates – see – and got lots of Brownie points for the two jobs. We just need a couple more funny-shaped blue pots, and we’ll have a Mediterranean corner in our front garden.

BTW, to cut the curved tops, this time I didn’t have any large cardboard sheets, so I just clamped the wire from my mains extension lead at each end of the fence so that it drooped in the middle to a pleasing curve. I used a marker (sharpie) to trace the line of the wire as I held it pinched between finger and thumb at each picket. I then cut each picket using a power jig saw, but found it difficult to cut exactly to the drawn lines, so after they all were cut I was disappointed with the result. However, I hit on the idea of using my powered belt sander along the tops of the pickets to even out the heights, and the end result is quite smooth curve.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#1 posted 05-28-2017 03:13 PM

Nice work on the fencing! Look great that way!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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