Western Red Cedar screening fences for the garden.

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Project by Luddite posted 03-16-2021 08:59 PM 1018 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

15 Mar 2021

I was encouraged by my wife to replace the existing garden fences, sorry no photos, I made 25 years back. She was re-landscaping the yard as part of her pandemic anxiety release and I had to comply.

The originals were made from Western Red Cedar 2×4’s. A bit rustic. Now my plans for the replacements would also require (WRC) BUT… This is hard to come by in Arizona and quite pricey. I had a good deal from Home Depot (yes I know, I know) and the price seemed fair and with free shipping. I ordered six 4×4 6 foot posts. Eight 2×4 8 footers. The wood, in cardboard boxes arrived very wet! Shortly after unpacking the 4×4 (WRC) posts began splitting.

Here’s the plans and finished images of the fences.

I selected the posts and rails for the first fence. I milled the 2×4’s to 1.5×3 inch, cut 1.5 in tenons on either end.

Mortised the posts to receive the rails.

Working with (WRC) is interesting since I’ve not worked much in softwoods, the fragrance for the freshly milled wood was intoxicating, it was pretty easy to make corrections using clamps on the wet wood.

Making Slats

From the 2×4’s and leftover bits of the legs I was able to produce the slats of 11/16 by 3 by re-sawing the wood. This led to making double wide slats of book matched pieces. The slats were milled further by planer and time saver to produce the final dimensions. The wide slots were milled to 5 in wide.

Corrective Keys To bind the wounds in the (WRC) I massed produced over 30 ‘keys’ using a template with plunge router. The bulk of the cracks were easy to hide using these ‘keys’ to stabilize thee wood plus the worse ones were turned toward the walls.

Used the ‘keys’ for decorative and structural items on the wide slats.

Fitting and Assembly

After preparing the slats, cutting the tenons and boring the mortises I proceeded to sanding and dry assemble. Once this is done all pieces were given a generous coating of DAPS Boiled Linseed Oil. This will help keep the color and prevent water damage over the years.

I added a ‘rail top’ to help redirect any rainfall on this piece with 20 degree slopes. Once this is done all pieces were given a generous coating of DAPS Boiled Linseed Oil. This will help keep the color and prevent water damage over the years. Tenons secured using 1/4 in Walnut pins or 3/8 in cherry pins.

Added mahogany one piece post caps with a copper pyramid. Used liquid nails to attach post caps and top rail cap.


-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#1 posted 03-17-2021 03:09 AM

Real nice joints on the fences, Terry!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#2 posted 03-18-2021 01:51 PM

This looks really great and adds a lot of character to the house. Nice job.

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